The father of a Montreal girl targeted in one of several police terror raids conducted Tuesday said his daughter was an "innocent victim" whose mind has been poisoned by radical religious teachings over the last three years.
The man told the Star that the fate of 19-year-old Maha Zibara — arrested May 15 at the Montreal airport while allegedly bound for the ranks of a Syrian terror group such as the Islamic State — is the responsibility of Muslim preacher Adil Charkaoui, a former terror suspect, or those in his entourage at the Assahaba Islamic Community Centre.
"They are responsible," said Maha's father, Jad Zibara. "They are manipulating young people who are 16, 17, 18, 19. They are putting dark ideas in their head."