Saturday, January 10, 2015

Brothers in Arms--and In Jihad

What's the deal with the jihadi brother acts--first the Tsarneavs, then the Kouachis, and now...the Larmonds?
RCMP have arrested two men from Ottawa — Ashton Carleton Larmond and Carlos Larmond — on several terrorism-related offences, including one charge of trying to leave Canada to "participate in terrorist activity abroad." 
The two men, apparently twin brothers, each face multiple charges. The statement didn't say if the pair were related, but they share a last name and a Nov. 21, 1990, birthday. 
Carlos Larmond was arrested at Montreal’s Trudeau airport as he was "intending to travel overseas for terrorist purposes," RCMP said in a release. 
Ashton Carleton Larmond was arrested in Ottawa, RCMP said. He is charged with:
  • Facilitating terrorist activity.
  • Participation in the activity of a terrorist group.
  • Instructing to carry out activity for a terrorist group.
Carlos Larmond is charged with:
  • Participation in the activity of a terrorist group.
  • Attempting to leave Canada to participate in terrorist activity abroad.
"Through collaborative efforts with our partners, we were able to prevent these individuals from leaving Canada to engage in terrorist activity overseas," RCMP Assistant Commissioner James Malizia said in the statement...
Update:  'Twas but a few years ago that Carlos Larmond played hockey with the East Ottawa Thunder. What happened in the space of a few years to turn an ordinary hockey-playing Canuck into a thundering jihadi (allegedly)?

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