RCMP arrest three in Ottawa for terrorism offences

FOLLOWING a national security criminal investigation, the RCMP Ottawa Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) on Monday arrested and charged Suliman Mohamed, 21, from Ottawa for ‘participation in the activity of a terrorist group.’

Additionally, the RCMP confirmed that the arrest was linked to the arrests of Ashton and Carlos Larmond made on January 9. As a result, Mohamed was also charged for conspiracy to participate in a terrorist activity with the two men.

Chief Superintendent Jennifer Strachan, Criminal Operations Officer for the RCMP in Ontario, stated: “These recent arrests underscore the reality that there are individuals in Ontario and in Canada who have become radicalized to a violent ideology, and who are willing to act upon it. Thanks to the ongoing collaborative efforts of our INSET partners, we are in a better position to target these threats and protect the Canadian public.”

On January 9, the RCMP Ottawa INSET arrested and charged Ashton and Carlos Larmond from Ottawa with a number of terrorism offences under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Ashton Carleton Larmond, 24, has been charged with facilitating terrorist activity, participation in the activity of a terrorist group, and for instructing to carry out activity for a terrorist group.

Carlos Larmond, 24, has been charged with participation in the activity of a terrorist group, and attempting to leave Canada to participate in terrorist activity abroad.

Carlos Larmond was arrested at the Montreal Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport as he was intending to travel overseas for terrorist purposes. Ashton Carleton Larmond was arrested in Ottawa.

Assistant Commissioner James Malizia, Officer-in-charge of the RCMP’s Federal Policing Operations, stated: “[The] arrests speak to our ability to tackle a threat that is multifaceted and constantly evolving. Through collaborative efforts with our partners, we were able to prevent these individuals from leaving Canada to engage in terrorist activity overseas.”

Police encourage citizens to remain vigilant and to report any information on terrorism or related suspicious activities to the National Security Information Network at 1-800-420-5805 or by contacting the police in their community.