TORONTO 06 CELL
On the night of 06/02/2006 400 officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which serves in Canada as the Federal police, arrested in Toronto and the region 10 suspects in Islamic terror activity inspired by Al Qaeda.
The next day 7 more suspects were arrested in Toronto, Kensington neighborhood. RCMP raided 12 locations and seized bomb-making materials in a series of raids in Toronto, including three metric tons of ammonium nitrate, which can be used also as a fertilizer explosive. The Canadian police also found a computer hard drive, camouflage uniforms and what appeared to be a door with bullet holes in it.
Almost all of the suspects new each other form attending regularly in Al-Rahman Islamic center and Mosque in Toronto.
The Toronto 06 cell was monitored by Canada’s Security Intelligence Service since 2004. Some of the suspects were in continuous e-mail correspondence with Aabid Hussain Khan, the ringleader of the Yorkshire Cell, who was arrested in West Yorkshire, UK, on 06/06/2006 and with Sayed Haris Ahmed, 21 and Ehsanul Sadequee, 19, from Atlanta, USA who were arrested already in 03/23/2006 for terror charges in US. All the three are from Pakistani descent.
Members of the Toronto 06 cell reportedly alleged to have plotted to attack the Canadian parliament in Ottawa and take hostages to force the government to withdraw Canadian troops from Afghanistan. One of the suspects, according to Canadian intelligence sources, Steven Vikash Chand, was supposed to chop off PM Stephen Harper’s head but he was never charged on that specific matter.
All the detainees were residents in Toronto or the surrounding province of Ontario. 5 of the suspects arrested were at the time of the arrest still under-age.
Six suspects were charged with planning a deadly explosion were: Fahim Ahmad, 21; Zakaria Amara, 20; Asad Ansari, 21; Shareef Abdelhaleem, 30; Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, the ringleader of Toronto 06 cell and Saad Khalid, 19.
Mohammed Dirie, 22; and Yasim Abdi Mohammed, 24, were charged with the illegal import of guns and ammunition.
Five more suspects: Jahmaal James, 23; Amin Mohamed Durrani, 19; Steven Vikash Chand, 25; Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, 21 and Ibrahim Aboud, 18, who was under age at the time of committing his alleged criminal deeds, were charged only with receiving terrorist training. They were released on bail 07/21/2006.
The other 4 under-age suspects were released under very strict conditions. One of the suspects, Saad Gaya, born in 1988,, admitted, on Monday 09/28/2009, to intending to cause an explosion on behalf of a terrorist organization in a court in Brampton, Ontario.
Until today (11/2007) the trial of the Toronto 06 cell suspects has not yet began. Some of the most serious charges against the prime suspects were dropped and most of them were, with time, released on bail.
On 02/02/2009, Mubin Shaikh testified in Brampton courting Canada. He said that he “felt bad” about playing a key role in helping to recruit youth.
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