A Fort St. John, B.C., man is facing six terrorism charges related to counselling to commit murder and assault for the benefit of the Islamic State.
33-year-old Fort St. John native Othman Ayed Hamdan is accused of posting pro-Islamic State propaganda online, which includes instructions on how to kill someone in the name of Jihad.
He is facing charges of counselling to commit murder, counselling to assault causing bodily harm, and counselling to commit aggravated assault, all on behalf of a terrorist group.
Investigators with the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team say he’s been on their radar since October of last year, and the arrest disrupts his efforts to harm citizens across the country.
Local mayor Lori Ackerman says she is grateful to the RCMP for arresting the terror suspect, and says they may have saved lives.
The federal conservative government held a news conference tonight to pat itself on the back.
They put National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay in front of the microphone, although she failed to answer any questions about the actual case.
“The international jihadist movement has declared war on Canada that is why our government passed the anti-terrorism act 2015, which enhances the ability of our police officers to detain suspected terrorists before they can harm Canadians.”
Asked CKNW reporter Shelby Thom: “Why are you commenting as the Minister of National Revenue? You likely have no direct knowledge of this case. This case is before the courts. Why are we here tonight”?
Responded Findlay: “I am a cabinet minister in the federal government, this arrest has been made here in British Columbia, and I was asked to come and make this statement.”