TORONTO — Canadian immigration officials have arrested a Pakistani man who they say was plotting to attack the U.S. consulate and other buildings in Toronto’s financial district.
At a hearing Wednesday, Canadian authorities said Jahanzab Malik — a self-proclaimed supporter of the Islamic State and al-Qaida who received weapons training in Libya — told an undercover police officer about his plans involving remote control explosives.
Malik, a 33-year-old who came to Canada as a student in 2004 and became a permanent resident in 2009, was arrested Monday. The Canadian government is looking to deport him. It wasn’t clear why he hasn’t been charged with any crimes. He was ordered kept in custody on Wednesday pending deportation.
In a summary of Wednesday’s hearing provided by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, government lawyers said Malik attempted to radicalize an undercover officer he had befriended by showing him video’s apparently of Islamic State beheadings.
Prosecutors said Malik told the officer that he was a “personal friend” of radical U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011, but whose words remain influential in cyberspace.