RCMP taking alleged Islamic State threats to Canadian cities seriously
Canada’s public safety minister says there is no change to Canada’s terror threat level following media reports from Switzerland saying some Canadian cities were targets of alleged Islamic State supporters.
“There has been nothing to this point that has been brought to light that would alter our perception of the situation or change the nature of the risk assessment for Canada,” Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said.
“But we’re vigilant, we’re alert and if any further action is appropriate we would make that public.”
One report from the Agence France-Presse cites Toronto as well as Geneva and Chicago as possible targets in connection with four men arrested Thursday suspected of supporting the extremeist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Other articles referred to a video in which a fifth suspect allegedly talked about attacks in Geneva, Vancouver and Ottawa.
Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion told reporters that Canada is in constant communication with other countries to fight terrorism.
“Terrorism has no border,” he said. “And what is happening in Geneva is something we are looking at very seriously.”
RCMP officials said they are taking the threat very seriously, and said the safety of Canadians is of the utmost importance.
-With files from The Canadian Press.