The RCMP is investigating 63 national security cases linked to Islamic terrorism and involving 90 suspects, Canada’s top security officials said, as NBC News published a report saying that U.S. intelligence officials are tracking ISIS imitators in Canada targeting the U.S. embassy in Ottawa and an unspecified shopping mall.
‘‘Intelligence officials tell NBC News that Canadian authorities have heard would-be terrorists discussing potential ISIS-inspired ‘knife and gun’ attacks against U.S. and Canadian targets inside Canada,’’ the network reported. ‘‘Both U.S. and Canadian officials fear the beheading of an innocent person in a public place, or the slashing of citizens on a crowded street until police arrive to shoot and ‘martyr’ the terrorists.
The head of Canada’s spy agency said there hasn’t been a substantial increase in the number of Canadians going abroad for terrorist purposes. He confirmed that CSIS knows of 130 to 145 Canadians involved with terror groups in Arab countries — 30 in Syria — and that 80 Canadians are estimated to have returned home after fighting with terror groups.