In addition to our official press release issued on October 22, 2014,
the Muslim community conveys their sincere condolences to the families of Warrant
Officer Patrice Vincent, a dedicated and distinguished Canadian Soldier for 28 years,
and Corporal Jason Cirillo, who served his country with honour as he guarded the
National War Memorial yesterday. We pray for them, their families, and for the safety
of all Canadians.
We would also like to applaud the efforts of House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin
Vickers for his heroic act in stopping the assailant in Ottawa.
It has also come to our attention since yesterday’s tragic event, that the assailant
in the shooting in Ottawa may have attended one of our Mosques in the past. Though
it is troubling to learn that Michael Zihaf-Bibeau did attend one of our centers
for some time, it is of some relief to know that that the mosque was not the locale
for his radicalization.
We take this opportunity to inform the public of a preventative program we have
been working on and hope to implement with the cooperation of Canadian law enforcement
agencies, as well as other institutions. Part of this program will focus on minimizing
the effect of terrorist and criminal propaganda in Canada.
We will be holding a Press Conference tomorrow at 10:30 AM on October 24th,
2014 at the Masjid Al-Salaam & Education Centre, 5060 Canada Way in Burnaby, BC
to address this, and to answer any media inquiries.