Police are investigating after a Toronto mosque acquired violent messages on Saturday threatening the lives of its members.
In accordance with the Nationwide Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), at the least one of many messages despatched on Saturday threatened to “do a Christ church,” referencing mass shootings that happened in 2019 at two New Zealand mosques that left 51 individuals useless.
“We now have a proper to defend ourselves from the terrorists,” one of many messages, offered by the NCCM, reads. “The police will take our facet. Islam is not going to defeat us. We now have the weapons to do a Christchurch once more in our workplace.”
“We now have…troopers who’ve expertise as snipers.”
The downtown Toronto mosque was not named by the NCCM as a way to defend them from additional threats or assaults.
“Sufficient is sufficient,” Mustafa Farooq, the CEO of NCCM, mentioned in an announcement issued Monday. “Whereas we significantly recognize the efforts of Toronto Police Service in conducting an investigation into this explicit incident, we’d like motion now from the federal authorities to develop a nationwide motion technique on dismantling xenophobic teams that preach violent ideologies of hate and violence.”
“Right this moment, we’re coping with threats to homicide members of the Toronto Muslim group en masse. What extra must occur earlier than motion is taken?”
Toronto police have mentioned they’re investigating the threatening emails and take them “very significantly.”
“Right now we’re imploring the general public, if they’ve any info, please contact 416-808-5300,” Const. Edward Parks mentioned.
The threats come one month after a 58-year-old volunteer was stabbed to loss of life outdoors the Worldwide Muslim Group (IMO) mosque close to Rexdale Boulevard and Bergamot Avenue.
The stabbing was referred to as a “brazen act of violence” by the group and members of the mosque referred to as on police to analyze it as a hate crime.
Final week, the NCCM launched an open letter to the federal authorities calling for a nationwide motion plan on dismantling white supremacist and neo-Nazi teams in gentle of what they name a “lengthy sequence of a series of horrifying assaults on racialized communities in Canada.”
Farooq added that the threatening emails acquired this weekend mark a “chilling escalation” in violence in the direction of the Muslim group.
He mentioned the group is experiencing worry and shock following the incident. The mosque has been closed because of the seriousness of the threats.