On Monday, 27-year-old Ayanie Hasan Ali casually strolled into a recruiting center in Toronto and began stabbing two members of the Canadian military while shouting “"Allah told me to do this, Allah told me to come here and kill people.” Ali is a Muslim and a citizen of Canada. Police have leveled multiple charges against the attacker, including attempted murder.
“Authorities have been in contact with CSIS, OPP and RCMP [federal Canadian agencies] officials regarding the incident. However, the case remains a Toronto Police investigation,” reports CBC News.
Cdn Forces Spokesperson outside scene of double-stabbing: It's business as usual but we remain vigilant. https://t.co/3waUIuLtGk— CBC Toronto (@CBCToronto) March 15, 2016
As the Canadian soldiers recover from their grievous wounds, Canadian authorities have rushed to defend the tenets of “tolerance.” "I don't want this categorizing a large group of people; that will be very unfair and very inaccurate," stated Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders. I don’t want any of this "Islamophobia nonsense." He made sure to add: "It will take some time to have a complete picture” of the incident, as if a radical Muslim assailant screaming his religious-based motives wasn’t enough. According to CBC News, Saunders “noted it is too early to say if the accused was radicalized and urged the public against any anti-Islam sentiment in the wake of the attack.”
Toronto’s police chief also insisted that there was nothing connecting Ali to jihadist groups. The attacker is reportedly not cooperating with police despite Saunders' Islam apology tour.