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Man with sword stopped by stun gun outside Islamic centre


The man who was arrested for attacking the mosque and officers has been described as a “White Quebecer who may be a member of an extremist organization.”

Man with sword stopped by stun gun outside Islamic centre

Police arrested a 47-year-old man early Tuesday morning who was caught trying to vandalizing a Rosemont Islamic community centre.

It’s the fifth time since April that same mosque has been targeted.

An Islamic community centre in Montreal’s East-End had an axe thrown through its window with an anti-Muslim note attached to it just after Monday night’s provincial election. The note also said “F— Liberals,” the winning party. (Willy Lowry/CBC)

Police say the man attempted to throw a Molotov cocktail through a window of the Assahaba Islamic Community Centre at the corner of Bélanger Street and 23rd Avenue before threatening officers with a sword. Police used a stun gun to subdue the man before arresting him and then transporting him to hospital.

Const. Simon Delorme described the man as a white Quebecer who may be a member of an extremist organization.

He said police were staking out the community centre this morning, following another incident over the weekend. That’s when police saw the suspect try to attack the centre.

“Then they start to follow this man and ask for backup. When they try to arrest the man [he took] out a sword and was threatening the police officers,� said Delorme.

Five attacks since April

Police had started surveillance on the community centre because of multiple attacks over the past six weeks. An axe was thrown through the centre’s window on April 8 with anti-Liberal and anti-Muslim messages attached.

In mid-April, a letter containing white powder was sent to the community centre’s director, Adil Charkaoui. That envelope is still being analyzed.

Charkaoui told CBC Daybreak host Mike Finnerty Tuesday morning that the letter also contained death threats against him personally.

“They have lists of people to kill and they put my name first,” he told Daybreak.

Last week, an item was thrown through one of the building’s windows with the message, “Kill Islam,� according to members of the centre. Then its front door was broken over the weekend.

“It’s a small mosque in a quiet area,” Salam Elmenyawi, president of the Muslim Council of Montreal, said on CBC’s Daybreak on Monday. “To receive these kinds of attacks is of deep concern to us.â€?


He said the people who attend the community centre are frightened by the attacks and called on Premier Philippe Couillard to denounce the acts.

“It creates a kind of anguish within the people who frequent the mosque. Because of this we need to show support and also we need the political leadership to show that there is a political will to fight any of these kinds of actions,� Elmenyawi said.

Charkaoui pleased with police help

Charkaoui, a Morocco-born Muslim who settled in Montreal with his family in 1995, is the community centre’s director. He’s also a somewhat controversial figure.

He was the subject of a security certificate issued in 2003 and spent more than six years under suspicion of being an al-Qaeda sleeper agent. He was detained for 21 months and when released, had to wear an electronic GPS bracelet until the certificate was cancelled in 2009. However, Charkaoui always maintained his innocence and successfully challenged the Canadian government at the Supreme Court twice.

Montreal police said investigators are looking at all possible angles, including whether this particular community centre was targeted because of its connection to Charkaoui.

He said the police reacted promptly and added more patrols in the neighbourhood around the community centre.

“It was very good collaboration,� Charkaoui said.

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  • Laila Muhammad

    the undercurrent of hate spewed by islamaphobes creates criminals like this

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan
  • LiesYouTell

    Looks like Marie Le Pen’s dad is a fan of eugenics.

    Jean-Marie Le Pen: Ebola epidemic would solve immigration problems

  • HSkol

    One post in this Disqusting world? Any potential sarcasm or not cannot be deduced. I impose upon you a Scarlett Letter. I cannot really do that, of course; however, you cannot be accurately read as well. ‘splain . . .

  • Jekyll

    You badtooth are you ? the one that got banned and started trolling ?

  • Reynardine

    Ideas are born, grow, change, or die only through other ideas. It’s true that Charlemagne forced thousands of conversions from other religions at the point of a sword, but if this guy thinks he’s Charlemagne, he’s sadly mistaken.

  • Scarlett

    I don’t get it… what religion is the attacker? How can it be a terrorist attack AGAINST a mosque? Aren’t all terrorists muslim fundamentalists??? Is the mosque not muslim enough??? Could it possibly be that the religion is less important than the act of terror on this report? Surely not!

  • HSkol

    Very good read.

  • Reynardine
  • Reynardine

    I doubt it, but the sword part would have my appraisal the same: a quilted vacation would likely be in order (and I duelled my way through law school)

  • Tanveer Khan

    Yes, of course. The media and political officials are honour bound to be unbiased against any and all religions whilst reporting news. Derp.

  • Tanveer Khan

    No one seems to have asked the most important question. How do you kill Islam?

  • Thee1tooth

    So if a whacked out Muslim extremist were to do the same to a Church or Synagogue, would the media and political officials react with the same passiveness?

  • Julie

    Muslims know better than most that just because a few followers of an idea are crazy/stupid, does not mean that the idea itself can’t be good and true.

    Besides, given that this happened Quebec, the Liberal-hating man is probably not a conservative, but a Parti Quebecois supporter. They are actually more left-wing on most things than the Liberals.

  • Anonymous

    Funny thing is, some muslims define them selves as conservatives and may disagree with liberals on many subjects including family and what not.

  • Reynardine

    I suspect the gentleman needs a quilted vacation. A long one.

  • mindy1


  • Reynardine

    Well, this was piquant.

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