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Sergeant Vickers

Sergeant Kevin Vickers

According to the National Post,

“Jihadist fighters or their sympathizers took to Twitter Wednesday to celebrate the attacks this week that took the lives of Canadian soldiers in Ottawa and St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and to encourage more attacks on Canadian soil. They say Canada is getting its just desserts for sending fighter jets to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Al-Sham, and some said ISIS is behind the attacks in Canada.”

It does seem that young rebels without a cause have found one. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the RCMP, has a list of 130 Canadians who have been identified as possible Muslim extremists.

Martin Rouleau-Couture

Martin Rouleau-Couture was prevented from flying to Turkey in early July 2014. His passport was taken away.

On 21 October 2014, at St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec Rouleau-Couture shot two soldiers, one of whom died. Rouleau-Couture was killed in the mêlée.

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Zakria Habibi

Zakria Habibi, from Sherbrooke, disappeared on 17 July, in Turkey. Statements on his Facebook account suggest he is a jihad sympathizer:

“My imprisonment is a retreat, my death would make me a martyr, and being exiled from my country would be a promenade.” (quotation from Ibn Taymiyyah, 13th century)

Zakria’s father travelled to Turkey to look for his son, but failed to find him. Zakria’s father was interviewed yesterday and stated that the words quoted above, from Sherbrooke’s Tribune, could not be his son’s.

Although Zakria Habibi is listed as a possible jihad militant, no one can confirm that he is. He may in fact have been captured.

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There are doubts about Zakria Habibi’s position vis-à-vis Isil. But Martin Rouleau-Couture, who had renamed himself “Ahmad,” was a jihad sympathizer attempting to join the militants.

Kevin Vickers Honoured

Sergeant Kevin Vickers was honoured today in Parliament. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, yesterday’s gunman, was killed by Sergeant Vickers a few metres away from rooms where a large number of Canadian politicians were meeting.

Yesterday, Sergeant Vickers used his gun for the first time in 30 years.



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© Micheline Walker
October 23, 2014