June 6, 2017 10:05 am
Updated: June 7, 2017 8:49 am

Woman wearing ISIS bandana charged in knife incident at Toronto mall: source

WATCH ABOVE: A woman sits behind bars after an attempted attack at a Canadian Tire in Scarborough Saturday afternoon. Catherine McDonald has more on the bizarre court appearance which saw Rehab Dughmosh pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and what happened in the moments before the alleged attack.

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The RCMP’s national security team and Toronto police are investigating after a woman was arrested and charged for threatening people with a knife at a Canadian Tire store in Toronto on Saturday.

Toronto police responded to a store in the Lawrence Avenue East and Markham Road area Saturday at 5:10 p.m.

Police said in a release a woman walked to the paint section of the store with a golf club and began swinging it at employees and a customer while uttering threats.

WATCH: Woman charged in knife incident at Cedarbrae Mall. Cindy Pom reports.


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A source confirmed to Global News the incident took place at Scarborough’s Cedarbrae Mall and the woman was reportedly wearing a niqab and a bandana adorned with what appeared to be a symbol for the so-called Islamic State group.

Police said employees and customers managed to restrain the woman and contact police, when she pulled a “large knife” out from under her clothing.

The woman was restrained and police said the knife was “pried out of her hand” with the help of another store employee. The employee sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the scene.

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LISTEN: Law enforcement analyst Julian Fantino joins AM640 to discuss the incident’s terrorist ties.

When asked about the incident Tuesday evening, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said the public shouldn’t be “concerned about safety in any way, shape or form.”

“It was a very isolated situation and we have taken all the steps I believe necessary to make sure that we have kept the community and city safe,” he said.

The RCMP confirmed its Greater Toronto Area Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) continues to investigate the incident in partnership with Toronto police and there is “no outstanding risk to public safety.”

Rehab Dughmosh, 32, of Toronto, was charged with assault, uttering threat to cause death, carrying a concealed weapon and two counts each of assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for committing an offence.

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LISTEN: Global News reporter Cindy Pom joins AM640 to discuss the latest update from the scene.

Dughmosh appeared in a Toronto court Tuesday and was remanded into custody until her next appearance on June 21.

The accused also made reference to “ISIS” when asked her name, as well as the leader of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during her court appearance.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4300 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

With files from Catherine McDonald, Cindy Pom and Nick Westoll

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