A Canadian man who traveled to Syria and joined the Islamic State group urged Canadian Muslims to carry out so-called lone-wolf attacks on Canadian targets in a 6-minute video produced by ISIS, SITE Intelligence Group reported Sunday. John Maguire, who identifies himself as Abu Anwar al-Canadi, urges Muslims to follow the lead of Martin Couture-Rouleau, who killed a warrant officer and injured a second soldier when he deliberately struck them with his car in St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, in October.
Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said the video also praises Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who stormed Parliament Hill after attack on an honor guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. In previous videos, Maguire has described Canada as evil. His Twitter handle is believed to be Yahya Maguire, CBC said.
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Canada currently is involved with the coalition conducting bombing runs in Iraq against ISIS targets.
SITE said the video was produced by ISIS' al-I'tisaam Media Foundation. It appeared Sunday on Twitter and Jihadi forums.
Canadian Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney called on Canadians to remain vigilant.
"Terrorism remains a real and serious threat to Canadians, which is why we must remain vigilant," Blaney said in a statement in response to the video. "That is why we are taking part in the coalition that is currently conducting airstrikes."
Maguire headed for Syria in January 2013. Friends in his native Kemptville described him as smart and funny but also said he kept things to himself, the National Post reported.