Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale stands in the House of Commons during Question Period on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale stands in the House of Commons during Question Period on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday, May 11, 2017.
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Canada’s terrorism threat level remains unchanged

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Canadian officials have no plans to raise the country’s terrorism threat level in the wake of a deadly suicide bombing that killed 22 people and injured 59 others at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena in northern England on Monday.

The government of British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the UK terror threat level from “severe” to “critical” on Tuesday, the highest level indicating that further attacks may be imminent.

“While we do not comment on specific threats or operations related to national security, we can say that Canadian national security and law enforcement partners monitor all potential threats and have robust measures in place to address them,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said in a statement. “Canada’s threat level remains at medium, and has been unchanged since October, 2014.”

Nevertheless, Goodale urged Canadians to remain vigilant and to report any unusual or suspicious behaviour to their local police.

“Canada is fundamentally a safe and peaceful nation,” Goodale said. “We will take all appropriate action to counter terrorist threats to Canada, its citizens and our way of life.”

The sun rises as police stand guard outside the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Britain May 23, 2017.
The sun rises as police stand guard outside the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Britain May 23, 2017. © Andrew Yates

British police identified the suspected attacker as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, a British citizen whose family is believed to have immigrated from Libya. It is believed Abedi detonated an improvised explosive device packed with nails and bolts to cause maximum damage. Many of the victims are children under the age of 16.

“All acts of terrorism are cowardly,” Prime Minister Theresa May said outside her Downing Street office after a meeting with security and intelligence chiefs.

“But this attack stands out for its appalling sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”

The so-called Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the bombing calling it a revenge attack against “Crusaders,” but there appeared to be contradictions in its account of the operation.

“The priority remains to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network,” Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said.

With files from Reuters

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2 comments on “Canada’s terrorism threat level remains unchanged
  1. Avatar Jamie Perritt says:

    They’re completely ignoring the fact that a woman with an ISIS bandana attacked a Toronto mall last Saturday.
    She assaulted someone with a bat and attempted to assault people with a knife, yelling things about her god. She’s presently in jail.
    This attack doesn’t give reason to raise the threat level??? It happened around the same time as the London Bridge attack!!
    The Canadian government is in denial. They don’t want to raise the threat level.

  2. Avatar Edward says:

    Although Canada has generally a docile populace with heinous incidents occurring too few and far in-between, I personally fear a reprisal from radical jihadists that seek to either secure their own ‘righteousness’ by eliminating those whom they see as the complete opposite of everything just and holy. I often think of the passion most young people have within them, strong influences of religion and dogmatic teachings from both family & community are indeed a volatile combination. Add the western luxuries of drug consumption, casual sex & a overall lacking of spirituality amongst fellow youth- Would indeed cause internal struggle with a Muslim who seeks both piety yet partakes in forbidden leisure. Knowing they are only answerable to God. And knowing that God specifically states dying in the name of Jihad is a guarentee entrance to eternal paradise. I fear that is the only true threat. I can speak for today’s youth as a whole and claim we’re incredibly lazy. There won’t be anything similar to the Toronto 18. The quick and easy way is always the choice taken.