In the 40-second video clip, the man captured in northern Syria identified himself as Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed and said he was an Ethiopian-Canadian.
By Stewart Bell (Globalnews.ca) |
Another alleged Canadian ISIS member has been captured in northern Syria, according to local Kurdish forces, who posted a video of the man.
In the 40-second video clip, the man identified himself as Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed and said he was an Ethiopian-Canadian.
Kurdish forces said he was arrested by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in Deir al-Zour, the last ISIS stronghold in Syria.
“I am originally from Ethiopia, I came from Canada, entered from Idlib,” he said in the video.
“And you went with the comrades at the checkpoint?” he was asked.
“Sorry,” he replied.
“You went in combat with our youths?” the interrogator asked.
“Yes,” he said.
Some more information on Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed, Canadian captured by YPG:
– Born in Saudi Arabia in 1983; came to Canada in 1988
– Studied computer networking at Seneca college in Toronto
– Left for Syria sometime between May and September 2013
– Ethiopian (ethnic Oromo)
According to Canadian terrorism researcher Prof. Amarnath Amarasingam, Mohammed studied at Toronto’s Seneca College before departing for Syria in 2013.
With his capture, the number of Canadians known to be in the custody of Kurdish forces is now four men, three women and seven children.
But an organization representing the families of Canadian captives, Families Against Violent Extremism, said it was aware of almost two dozen.
“The families of 21 Canadian detainees have asked FAVE to help get them out of the northern Syrian camps. The majority of these Canadians are infants and children who are suffering from hunger and illness in frozen tents,” said group’s director, Prof. Alexandra Bain.
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