2 SOLDIERS STABBED IN TORONTO RECRUITING CENTER
Saunders said the unprovoked attack took place at around 3:30 p.m 915:30). at a military recruitment centre near Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue. The Department of National Defence (DND) said the attack took place closer to 2:45 (14:45) p.m (see – Western Jihadists ).
A man walked into the recruitment centre, pulled out a knife and attacked the person behind the counter, Saunders said. The attacker attempted to move farther into the building, but was taken down by a group of between six and eight soldiers, the chief said.
The two people who were injured suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were treated in hospital.
The suspect uttered the word “Allah” the Toronto Sun reports, citing police sources. A source with knowledge of the investigation has also told CBC News the same thing.
Saunders said police are strongly considering the possibility that the attack was an act of terrorism.
The suspect was identified as Ayanie Hassan Ali. 27, has no previous criminal record and there was nothing to indicate he is affiliated with any terrorist organizations, according to Police Chief Saunders.
Ayanie Hassan Ali, was born in Montreal and has been in Toronto since 2011. He has been charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a weapon, one count of weapons dangerous and one count of aggravated assault.
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