Two Canadian soldiers were stabbed in Toronto earlier today. According to the Toronto Police, the attacker entered a Canadian Forces Recruiting Center (CFRC) armed with a knife and stabbed two soldiers.
A 27-year-old man, the attacker walked into the recruiting center at around 3:30 p.m. and attacked the soldier behind the reception desk. The attacker was quickly subdued by a group of 6 to 8 Canadian soldiers working at the CFRC. According to CBC News and the Toronto Sun, the knife-wielding man said the word ‘Allah’ while attacking the soldiers.
“Some heard him say, ‘Praise Allah’ and others heard ‘Allah’ or ‘Aly,’” a police source told the Sun. “Several heard the man use this terminology. It’s not something you take a chance on and this is why the call was made to the police agencies who handle terror issues.”
“We’re very fortune that the Canadian Forces, through their training, responded, reacted, and as a result I can tell you the chances of this being much more severe, much more serious, definitely would have occurred,” Saunders added.
Toronto Police Chief Saunders said they are considering a possible terrorist attack. The unidentified man will be charged with assault.
“Potential terrorist activity is one of the angles we are looking at,” he said.
According to CBC News, “Saunders said police are strongly considering the possibility that the attack was an act of terrorism, but he said it’s still early in the investigation.”
Chief Saunders also added that the attacker made concerning remarks but declined to elaborate on them.
“Certain comments were made by this gentleman… that has caused some concern,” he said.
“I want a full understanding of what was said, so I’m not giving bits and pieces,” the chief said according to CBC News.
The RCMP, CSIS, Ontario Provincial Police and Toronto Police are currently investigating the situation.
Both soldiers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and are being treated at the hospital.
UPDATE 11:44 a.m.
CBC News reported that “Ayanie Hassan Ali, 27, is the Montreal-born suspect charged in yesterday’s double stabbing at a Canadian Armed Forces recruiting centre in north Toronto.”
Chief Saunders confirmed Ali said “Allah told me to do this, Allah told me to come here and kill people.”