Two Canadian soldiers were stabbed in a Toronto recruiting center on March 14. The suspected attacker entered the center at 3:30 p.m. before pulling a knife on the soldiers, Toronto Police say.
Between six and eight Canadian soldiers at the recruiting center promptly subdued the knife-wielder, reports The Sentinel. Soldiers reportedly heard the attacker yell, ‘Allah,’ while assailing them.
“Some heard him say, ‘Praise Allah’ and others heard ‘Allah’ or ‘Aly’. Several heard the man use this terminology. It’s not something you take a chance on and this is why the call was made to the police agencies who handle terror issues,” Canadian police told Sentinel.
Toronto Police Chief Saunders said that while the attacker will likely be charged with assault, “Potential terrorist activity is one of the angles we are looking at.”
Saunders also commented that if the suspect had attacked people without military training, injuries could have been “much more severe," reports CBC.
“We’re fortunate that the Canadian Forces, through their training, reacted,” said Saunders.
Rona Ambrose, the Interim Conservative Leader, praised the soldiers’ response to the attacker.
“Their bravery is a reflection of the high standards set by the Canadian Forces in all they do, at home and around the world,” said Ambrose.
Ralph Goodale, the federal public safety minister, tried to assuage fears of Canadians while offering condolences.
“While it is premature to comment as an investigation is ongoing, the information the RCMP has at this point suggests this is an isolated incident and that there is no imminent threat to public safety,” said Goodale.
“Canadians can be assured that their police and security agencies are fully engaged and are discharging their responsibilities. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.”
CBC confirmed on March 15 that the suspect, Ayanie Hassan, 27, said “Allah told me to do this, Allah told me to come here and kill people,” regarding the attack.