Aug 26 2010
The RCMP have charged three Ontario MUSLIM men for allegedly taking part in a domestic plot, and possessing schematics, electronics and explosives related to creating improvised explosive devices.
CBC RCMP Chief Supt. Serge Therriault said Misbahuddin Ahmed, 26, and Hiva Alizadeh, 30, both of Ottawa, and 28-year-old Khurram Sher of London were involved in a conspiracy to commit “a violent terrorism attack.”Misbahuddin Ahmed and Hiva Alizadeh arrested on terrorism-related offenses
Therriault alleged at a news conference in Ottawa that the men conspired with three men, who they named as James Lara, Rizgar Alizadeh and Zakaria Mamosta, as well as persons unknown in Canada and in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Dubai to commit terrorism-related offences.
He said the RCMP investigation, dubbed Project Samosa, found evidence to support the fact one member of the group has also taken training that provided him with the knowledge to construct electronic and explosive devices. Investigators seized more than 50 electronic circuit boards designed specifically to remotely detonate IEDs, said Therriault.
“This group posed a real and serious threat to the citizens of the National Capital Region and Canada’s national security,” he said. “Canada is not immune to threat of ISLAMIC terrorism,” he said.
Alizadeh, Ahmed and Sher have been charged with conspiracy to knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity. Alizadeh is also charged with being in possession of an explosive substance with intent to harm and providing property or financial services for the benefit of a terrorist group.
Therriault said part of the decision to make the arrests now was to prevent one of the the suspects from providing financial support to terrorist counterparts abroad.
Obviously, Khurram Sher turned to terrorism when he was rejected for Canadian Idol. So blame Simon Cowell.
Sher’s Season 6 audition with Canadian Idol 2008 in Montreal