A top Islamic leader in Montreal says closer co-operation between police and the Muslim community is needed after the arrests of 10 young people allegedly planning to join the ranks of the Islamic State terror group.
The wave of arrests carried out by the RCMP last Friday brings to more than 20 the number of individuals who have either mysteriously left Canada, been arrested or been charged with terrorism offences in this city since the beginning of the year.
"We have concerns, yes, but no ideas about what is happening. When we see all these claims and no facts, it makes us very much concerned," said Imam Salam Elmenyawi, president of the Muslim Council of Montreal. "If the claims are right it is a very serious concern. If they are wrong it is still a very big concern."