Hours after the horrific terror attacks in Paris, a stand-off unfolded between police officers and a suspected suicide bomber in a Mississauga neighbourhood, the Toronto Sun has learned.
French officials were still counting their dead when Peel Regional Police officers ended a frightening confrontation by opening fire on the 26-year-old man at Golden Orchard Dr. and Grand Forks Rd. — near Bloor St. and Dixie Rd. — shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday.
In the aftermath of the shooting, police downplayed the incident saying only that the call involved “an emotionally disturbed person.”
But the presence of the service’s Explosive Disposal Unit and heavily armed Tactical officers at the scene suggested a far more serious threat was afoot.
A source, who asked not to be named, revealed to Sun on Monday that the bomb squad responded because the man in question was wearing what appeared to be a suicide vest and holding what looked like a triggering device.
It was not immediately known if the vest actually contained explosives.
But suicide bombers and gunmen killed 129 victims in Paris less than eight hours earlier. So police, who were on heightened alert, took the threat seriously.
Uniformed officers shot the suspected suicide bomber four times, the source said.
Fortunately, the shooting was not followed by an explosion.
The man, whose nationality was not immediately clear, was rushed to the trauma centre at St. Mike’s hospital in Toronto. He is expected to survive.
Police say Hamza Mohamed Abdi of Mississauga has been charged with possession of an imitation weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and failing to comply with recognizance.
Flashback: 4 Canadian suicide bombers since 2013
Since 2013, four Canadian nationals carried out suicide bombing attack and a fifth was reported as a would-be suicide bomber:
January 2013 – Ali Medlej and Xristos Katsiroubas (convert to Islam), residents of London, Ontario, joined al-Qaida, and were killed while committing a suicide attack, after participating in the murder of dozens of civilians in an attack on an Algerian gas plant. Two other residents of Ontario were mentioned as associated with Medlej and Katsiroubas. One of them was described as a would-be suicide bomber.
February 2013 – Jamal Muhammad Abdulkader, student from Montreal, member a of Kurdish family from north Syria, joined Jabhat al-Nusra, affiliated with al-Qaida. He was killed while driving a booby-trapped attack in central Damascus.
November 2013 – Salman Ashrafi (Abu Abdullah Al Khorasani), Calgary resident, who joined the ranks of ISIS [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), carried out a suicide bombing attack in Iraq killing dozens.
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