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.