Man in attack on Canadian Forces members in Toronto said ‘Allah’: Sources

Ayanie Hassan Ali was born in Montreal.

Ayanie Hassan Ali was born in Montreal.

A brazen knife attack that sent two Canadian soldiers to hospital was disturbing enough, but police sources say it was the attacker uttering the word “Allah” that prompted Toronto Police to call in terror experts.

Source: Man in attack on Canadian Forces members in Toronto said ‘Allah’: Sources

“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.”

After being subdued and restrained by at least six Canadian Forces members on duty at the Joseph Shepard Building, the unidentified man was taken into custody but has yet to be charged. Police sources say investigators are poring through details of his background.

“He appears to be of Middle Eastern decent and was presenting himself as if he is Muslim, but it is so early in the investigation and all of that needs to be confirmed,” said a police source.

Saunders said a man armed with a knife entered the building around 3:30 p.m. and injured a Forces member. Other employees in uniform subdued the man, but a second Forces member was injured in the process.