Somali MP wants Canadian parents to keep close eye on youths who could be radicalized by extreme imams
A senior Somali government official wants Canadians to pay closer attention to youths to make sure they are not being influenced by radical preachers trying to lure them into taking up arms in his country.
Abdurahman Adan Ibrahim, a Member of Parliament and former Deputy Prime Minister, flew to Toronto last week to accompany a fellow MP who was badly wounded in an Al-Shabab suicide bombing in Mogadishu.
In an interview, Mr. Ibrahim, a member of his government’s foreign relations committee, said several Somali-Canadians had joined Al-Shabab and that someone had radicalized them and financed their travel.
Canadians should be very vigilant of not losing their children
“I would say that the Canadians should be very vigilant of not losing their own children, because this child, maybe he’s been told to go to jihad but next day he will be told to do the same jihad in the middle of Toronto,” he told the National Post.
“Why not? It’s the same thing. Because they are saying, ‘You are going to fight the infidels.’ What is actually keeping them from fighting the infidels of Toronto or the infidels of Montreal or the infidels of Ottawa? So we don’t need what happened in Westgate.”
FacebookAnnemarie Desloges, 29, was among two Canadians killed in the attack on the Westgate mall in Kenya. The diplomat is seen in a Facebook profile picture.