Kingston - RCMP made an arrest in national security investigation

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Arabnews24 - Canada:A young offender has been charged with terrorism-related offences following the arrest of two people in Kingston as part of a national security investigation.The RCMP, with the assistance of Kingston Police and the FBI, say a young person is facing a charge of knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity and counselling a person to deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive with intent to cause death or serious bodily injury.The youth cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.The RCMP say the investigation began in late December 2018 after they recieved credible FBI

information regarding an attack plot. “There was no specific target identified,” said Supt. Peter Lambertucci, who is in charge of the RCMP’s national-security enforcement team, at a news conference in Kingston Friday.“There was an attack plan, which is what led to our disruption yesterday.”Police say an adult male has also been arrested but has not been charged. His name has not been released.The police have 24 hours after arresting someone to either charge them or let them go.“The individual was reported to be involved in the manufacturing of homemade improvised explosive devices,” Lambertucci said.

Investigators confirmed that during a search of the youth’s home a potentially explosive substance was removed and blown up to neutralize it.“There were elements and trace elements but I’m not prepared to speak on that with regard to the ongoing investigation,” he said.The RCMP would not say if the two are Canadian citizens but did confirm they are residents of Kingston and there is an “informal relationship” between the two.Amin Alzahabi, the father of Hussam Eddin Alzahabi, 20, said Thursday his son had been arrested but not charged. He was unsure what was happening.“I want to know where he is,” Amin Alzahabi said at his Kingston home.The Alzahabi family came to Canada about two years ago after fleeing war-torn Damascus for Kuwait. Their home in Syria has been destroyed. The father was once imprisoned for not joining the ruling political party in Syria and would be vulnerable to arrest and severe retaliation should he and the family return home, according to one of the churches that sponsored them as refugees.Bronek Korczynski, who co-chaired the sponsorship committee, said he and other members of the four churches that brought the family to Canada were shocked by news of the younger Alzahabi’s arrest.

“Even though our sponsorship ended last July, many of us in the group have maintained relationships with the family – meaningful relationships – and this is just a real body blow,” he said. “We’re just gobsmacked by this. It’s so out of whack with the family we’ve come to know and care for.”Korczynski said he’d been at a meeting with Kingston Police and RCMP on Friday morning, alongside other community leaders. Officers wanted to ensure the leaders had the answers they needed, and were able to continue providing services to the family and the broader community.“It was very much an opportunity to say, ‘What can the community do to make sure that this doesn’t become an incident that unjustifiably targets any ethnic group, national group, religious group?'” he said.He added that Alzahabi has both a younger and an older sibling, both of whom are dedicated to their education.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said any operational details on the RCMP investigation will be released by the Mounties, adding that the country’s security agencies act on credible information about potential threats.“The government of Canada has no greater responsibility than to keep its citizens safe. Earlier today, the RCMP and other police partners took action in Kingston, Ontario, based on credible information, to ensure public safety,” Goodale said in a statement Thursday evening.“The government of Canada constantly monitors all potential threats and has robust measures in place to address them. Canadians can be confident that whenever credible information is obtained about a potential threat, the RCMP, CSIS and other police and security agencies take the appropriate steps to ensure the security of this country and the safety of its citizens.” Goodale said the country’s official threat level remains at “medium.” It has stood at that level since the fall of 2014.