VANCOUVER, B.C. — An Algerian man held in Canada as an accused terrorist wanted to attack Jewish Montrealers with a tanker truck, according to FBI allegations disclosed yesterday.
The scheme was aimed at securing the presence of an undisclosed individual to help Samir Ait Mohamed commit terrorist acts in Canada, where Mohamed allegedly talked about setting off bombs in Jewish areas of Montreal, according to an FBI agent.
Mohamed is alleged to have discussed placing explosives in Montreal’s largely Jewish neighborhood of Outremont, where he observed, “Jewish individuals walking about with long, curly sideburns.”
The FBI documents — including the affidavits from agent, Fred Humphries, also explore links between Mohamed and Ahmed Ressam, a student of bin Laden’s camps convicted this year in a 1999 plot to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport.
The agent also says Ressam told him Mohamed also suggested Montreal’s St. Catherine Street might be a good target because, “it was a heavily commercial street.”
Humphries has participated in 12 debriefing sessions with Ressam, who is facing sentencing next year and co-operating with authorities to cut the term of his imprisonment to a range of about 27 years from the 59 to 130 years he would face without a deal.
For the Montreal action, Mohamed, allegedly suggested to Ressam a device, “of good ingredients,” should be “implanted in a gasoline truck for a larger and more serious explosion.”
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