A 27-year-old Canadian man said, “Allah told me to come here and kill people” at a double stabbing at a military recruitment center in Toronto, police said Tuesday.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said Ayanie Hassan Ali had been charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a weapon, two weapons charges and one assault charge.
Saunders said the suspect walked into the center on Monday and began striking a uniformed Canadian Forces member at the front desk before slashing him on the right upper arm. He said the suspect then attempted to slash a female member of the Forces before he was subdued.
“While at the scene, the accused stated that ‘Allah told me to do this, Allah told me to come here and kill people,'” Saunders said.
He said police were investigating whether the attack was terrorism and that there was nothing to indicate the Montreal-born man was working with anyone or any organization. He said Ali had no previous criminal record and was unresponsive to questions at the scene.