TORONTO, CANADA–Ayanle Hassan Ali, a 27-year-old Canadian man cites Allah as the driving force behind the murders. According to the police, Ali brutally attacked two soldiers at a military recruitment center in Toronto.
Mark Saunders, chief of the Toronto Police force said that the suspect walked into the police center on Monday and began stabbing a uniformed Canadian forces member at the front desk. Before being stopped, Ali managed to attack a two more soldiers. Currently, none of them are gravely injured.
“While at the scene, the accused stated that ‘Allah told me to do this, Allah told me to come here and kill people,'” Saunders said. Ali is currently facing attempted murder, aggravated assault and several other charges. However, this is an ongoing investigation, and possible terror charges are not out of the question. Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale said that “The initial investigation would appear to indicate that this was a singular, lone wolf type of behavior but the investigation is not complete.”
Police are analyzing the events surrounding the incident to determine whether it was a terrorism-related attack. However, Sauder says that there is nothing that would lead to that conclusion at this point. Ali had no prior criminal record and willingly responded to any questions asked.
Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, tweeted earlier today that Canadians and Canadian forces “will not be intimidated by terror & hate.” He also hoped for the soldiers’ seamless recoveries. General Jonathan Vance also praised those who had the bravery to detain Ali.
Any anti-Islam sentiments will not be tolerated by Canadian forces, and the police stress how important it is to not draw generalizations about an entire population from one event.