NCCM comments on news of terrorism plot thwarted by RCMP

-For Immediate Release-

(Ottawa – August 11, 2016) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, applauds law enforcement and security agencies for thwarting an alleged terrorism plot in southern Ontario.

At a news briefing held by the RCMP today, it was revealed that Aaron Driver, a 24-year old man living in Strathroy, Ontario who had pledged support for the Daesh terrorist group, was killed during a police operation on August 10th after security agencies received a tip from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation that Driver was going to commit a terrorist attack. Reports indicate that Driver had detonated an explosive device during the operation and that he was about to detonate another.

« Canadian Muslim communities are relieved that this alleged terrorist plot has been thwarted by swift action by the RCMP and our security agencies, » says NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee.

« We have and will continue to denounce and speak out against violent extremism and this grotesque ideology of violence and hate.

« While details are still unfolding in this case, it is not clear how Mr. Driver was radicalized and what attempts were made to de-radicalize him. NCCM will monitor the developments in this case as the investigation continues. »

The NCCM is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit grassroots advocacy organization. It is a leading voice for Muslim civic engagement and the promotion of human rights.