Saturday, June 03, 2006

Tambien en canada los servicios de seguridad lanzan un raid antiterrorista

gracias al servicio secreto canadiense (csis) se detuvo a una celula terrorista que tenia tres toneladas de amonio y queria lanzar ataques en el area de ontario
Most arrested from GTA
“This group posed a real and serious threat,” says senior RCMP officer
Jun. 3, 2006. 12:53 PM
A series of terrorist attacks plotted against unspecified targets in southern Ontario were “inspired by Al Qaeda,” a CSIS official said today, adding that the ring of suspects arrested posed a “real and serious” threat.
Three tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a commonly used fertilizer used to make explosives, were recovered by police, who say that’s three times the amount used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.
“It was their intent to use it for a terrorist attack,” said RCMP assistant commissioner Mike McDonell.
“If I can put this in context for you, the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people was completed with only one tonne of ammonium nitrate.”
“This group posed a real and serious threat,” he added. “It had the capacity and intent to carry out these acts.”
The RCMP arrested and charged 12 men and five people under 18.
Of the adults, six are from Mississauga; four are from Toronto itself and two are from Kingston.
Most were Canadian citizens or residents. Police described them as coming from a variety of backgrounds. The adults range in age from 19 to 43.
The suspects were to appear in a Brampton court this afternoon, where the police presence was so intense it resembled an armed camp.
Police refused to say what the terror suspects considered targets, although officials ruled out the TTC.
All entrances to the Brampton court house were blockaded by steel barriers and police cruisers and manned by teams of officers.
Spectators were scrutinized at a series of three command checkpoints by tactical officers carrying M16 assault rifles and MP5 submachine guns and were aided by bomb-sniffing dogs.
Spectators were required to remove their shoes.
The suspects were arrested last night in a massive sweep in co-operation with an Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, or INSET.
INSET teams are made up of members of the RCMP, CSIS, federal agencies such as the Canada Border Services Agency and Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and provincial and municipal police services.
Luc Portelance, of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, said the suspects were all adherents of a violent ideology.
“For various reasons, they appear to have become adherents of a violent ideology inspired by Al Qaeda,” Portelance said, although officials stressed there’s no direct link between those charged to the terrorist network.
The dramatic events raised the chilling prospect of a terrorist assault on Canadian soil — which authorities have feared since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S.
“This is the largest counter-terrorism operation and arrests in Canada since the creation of the Anti-Terrorism Act and the amendment of the Criminal Code to better define terrorism,” Portelance said.
“It is important to know that this operation in no way reflects negatively on any specific community or ethnocultural group in Canada. Terrorism is a dangerous ideology, and a global phenomenon. As yesterday’s arrests demonstrate, Canada is not immune from this ideology.”


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