Somali-born Canadian jailed in Toronto bombing plot, Ali Mohamed Dirie came from Mississauga, plan was to load the bombs into three rented trucks same plan Mississauga visitor Najibullah Zazi had for NYC.
A Toronto man who admitted yesterday he was a member of a terrorist group that planned attacks in Canada was caught on police wiretaps saying he hated non-Muslims. Ali Mohamed Dirie, a Canadian born in Somalia, called white people the "No. 1 filthiest people on the face of the planet. They don't have Islam. They're the most filthiest people."
Toronto, Oct 3 2009 (IANS) A Canadian Muslim, who was part of the 18-member terrorist plot to carry out mayhem in Canada three years ago, was Friday jailed for seven years.
A court in the Indian-dominated city of Brampton on the outskirts of Toronto sentenced Ali Mohamed Dirie, 26, for his role in the so-called Toronto-18 terror plot. The plot was unearthed in June 2006, with arrest of 18 Canadian Muslims allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda which wants Canada to leave Afghanistan.
The plotters had planned to blow up the Toronto Stock Exchange and offices of the Canadian spy agency and storm parliament in Ottawa to take leaders hostage and behead the prime minister.
To carry out the plot, they had undergone training in firearms at a rural camp in December 2005. A police mole blew the cover on the plot. Most plotters were of Pakistani origin and came from the Toronto suburb of Mississauga which has the biggest concentration of Muslims in the country.
Ail Mohammed Dirie, who was sentenced Friday, is a Somali-born Canadian. He is the third terrorist to be convicted in the case which continues. Dirie admitted to smuggling handguns and ammunition into Canada for the terror group to carry out their plot. Convicting him, Justice Bruce Durno said, “Terrorism offences strike at the heart of Canadian values and society.
“The intentions were to use loaded guns to attempt to effect change in Canada’s foreign policy, to resort to violence to protest violence, to use guns and not ballots to effect change, and to commit violent acts, more from this source...................
Third Toronto 18 defendant pleads guilty; Saad Gaya, 21, a McMaster University student, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of "committing an indictable offence in association with a terrorist group," namely, activities intended to cause an explosion. The guilty plea is the latest in the Toronto 18 case. Ali Mohamed Dirie, a Somali-Canadian, was sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to smuggling guns for the terrorist group. Saudi-born Saad Khalid also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years.
On June 2, 2006, police watched Gaya as he left his home and entered a Rona hardware store in Mississauga, west of Toronto, where he and Khalid bought a "large quantity" of cardboard boxes. They then drove to a rented industrial unit in Newmarket, Ont., where they assembled the boxes and lined them with plastic bags. They were unloading bags labelled "ammonium nitrate" from a delivery truck when they were arrested. Police found a laptop computer on the warehouse floor that contained Gaya's application to join the McMaster chapter of the Muslim Students Association, and documents titled 39 Ways to Serve and Participate in Jihad and The Book of Jihad.
The group trained at a camp north of Toronto, but then split into two factions. Gaya was recruited by the leader of the Mississauga faction, which was acquiring bomb-making materials, such as chemicals and detonators. The ringleader's plan was to load the bombs into three rented trucks that would be parked outside the CSIS office in Toronto, the Toronto Stock Exchange and a military base along the 401 highway. The bombs were to be detonated remotely, more from this source............
Najibullah Zazi was stopped by police Sept. 10 as he entered New York, and he dropped his plans for an attack once he realized that law enforcement was on to him, three of his associates tried to rent large U-Haul trucks in Queens NY. U.S. prosecutor Tim Neff did not give any other details on the Canadian trips and a spokesman said in an email later Friday that he had no comment on them. An FBI spokeswoman said Saturday the agency could not confirm "anything regarding this case at this time."
Reports say Saturday that agents with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service were knocking on the doors of relatives of Zazi in Mississauga, Ont, west of Toronto, Friday night. A private investigator in the U.S., who touts himself as a specialist in tracking down suspected terrorists, as well as suspected philanderers, said the potential Mississauga connection is a "red-flag."
"That's terrorist central in Canada," said Bill Warner, a private investigator who boasts he has worked with the FBI on cases involving terrorism. "If he was in that city, that's one of the key spots in Canada for these terror connections and they link back into Atlanta, Chicago, Toledo," Warner said, more from this source...............