Canadian extremist killed in Syria
A young man, once jailed for smuggling weapons for the Toronto 18 terror plot to attack Canada's Parliament, has been killed in Syria according to a report by AFP.
Somalia-born Canadian Ali Mohamed Dirie was released from prison in 2011, at which point he went to Syria to assist rebels involved in an ongoing conflict with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The conflict has already claimed over 110,000 lives with over a 100 believed to be of Canadian origin.
Dirie was among the so called “Toronto 18” suspects, who had planned to attack Canada’s Parliament, stock exchange and other targets using fertilizer explosives in 2006. Canadian undercover police officers had foiled the plot who switched the ammonium nitrate in the fertilizer with an inert substance.
At his parole hearing, Dirie had railed against the involvement of Canada’s troops in Afghanistan, which he called an “unjust war.”