Government officials are looking into reports that a Canadian convert to Islam who starred in an ISIS propaganda video has been killed in Syria while fighting for the Islamic State terrorist group.
CFRA John Maguire, 23, who used the name Abu Anwar Al-Canadi, was killed in northern Syria, according to a pro-ISIS Twitter account.
The former University of Ottawa student who grew up in Kemptville had tried to encourage attacks on Canadian soil in a video posted online last December. The Prime Minister’s Office said it was aware of reports Maguire had been killed, and was “seeking additional information on them.”
The Public Safety Minister’s office released a statement saying it could not speak about specific cases, but warned other Canadians planning to join ISIS, also known as ISIL and the Islamic State. “Any individual who decides to join the ISIS jihadists runs the risk of meeting their ultimate demise,” the statement said.