May 31 2010
Abdirahman Ali Gaalm, a man whose name appears on the U.S. no-fly list, will face a detention review in Montreal after being removed from a flight from Paris to Mexico.
MUSLIM man from Aeromexico flight being held is a TERROR SUSPECT after all.
Abdirahman Ali Gaall, the man removed from an Aeromexico flight bound for Mexico City Sunday was the subject of a terror warning issued for the U.S.-Mexico border last week, senior U.S. counterterrorism officials told NBC News on Monday.
Homeland Security had asked law enforcement in Houston to be on the lookout for a suspected member of al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida ally based in Somalia, early last week, the sources said. The man was thought to be headed for the United States via Mexico.Gaall is a Somali national but holds resident status in the United States, the counterterrorism sources said. His wife is an American citizen, said one official. MSNBC
The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada has identified the man as Abdirahman Ali Gaal but would not confirm his age or nationality. (But we know his religion!)
The man was removed from an Aeromexico flight that landed at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport Sunday afternoon. The flight was en route to Mexico City but was denied entry into U.S. air space because officials said a man on board was the subject of an outstanding warrant.
When the plane landed around 2:30 p.m. ET, Canadian border services agents and RCMP officers boarded the plane and took Ali Gaal into custody, said Dominque McNeely, a spokesman for the Canadian Border Services Agency. He was detained under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act because he was deemed “inadmissible” to Canada under the provisions of the Act, McNeely said.
There had been no incident on the aircraft during the flight, McNeely said.
Other passengers on the flight from Charles De Gaulle Airport to Mexico City International Airport were re-screened and allowed to re-board the flight, said Lauren Gaches, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.
McNeely said his agency got a phone call advising them the flight was going to land in Montreal and that there was a man on board that “could be of interest to us.” In a statement, the TSA also said the U.S. has the right to refuse entry to any flight deemed a threat to its security, but neither the U.S. officials nor McNeely have said what threat the man might have posed.
“All I can confirm is that it was a person of interest that was interviewed by our officers,” McNeely said.
American officials wouldn’t confirm whether the passenger was on the U.S. no-fly list, but Montreal’s Airport Authority and several other sources said the man’s name appears on the list. Ali Gaal is currently being held in a Montreal-area immigration detention centre.
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