The Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) made a series of arrests last weekend in order to disrupt the plans of ten young Montréal residents suspected of wanting to leave the country to join jihadist groups. The arrests took place at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport.
No charges have been laid at this time, and the investigation is ongoing. Consequently, the RCMP is unable to disclose the identity of the persons who were arrested or any information that led to their arrests. We can say, however, that the families and friends of the young persons have been met by investigators. All ten young persons arrested had their passports confiscated.
These are very difficult times for the relatives and loved ones of the persons arrested, as the decision to leave the country was not that of the family, but of a single family member. As a result, family members often find themselves at a complete loss and unable to understand the decision made by the youth. It would be desirable for the media to respect the privacy of family members and friends in their search for information.
The RCMP wishes to take this opportunity to remind the public of the importance to remain vigilant and to report any information on suspected terrorist or terrorist-related activity to the National Security Information Line at 1 800 420-5805, or their local police department.
In Quebec, the Counter-Terrorism Police Management Structure, which consists of the RCMP, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal and the Sûreté du Québec, collaborates with municipal police departments to conduct operations like the one that took place last weekend.