(via CBC News)
Barry Adams, Amir Mohammed Ahmed and Abdul Baqqer were arrested in 1991 while crossing the border from the United States. They were convicted in 1994 of conspiring to bomb a temple and an East Indian movie theatre.A Weekly Standard article from 2002 provides some additional details about this particular case:
All three are members of Jammat ul-Fuqra, an extreme religious sect based in Pakistan.
FUQRA terrorism in North America appears to have peaked in the early 1990s. In 1991, luck derailed Fuqra plans to bomb an Indian movie theater and a Hindu temple near Toronto. Five men were arrested at the Niagara Falls border crossing after U.S. Customs agents searched their cars and found photographs, floor plans, and videotapes of the interiors of the targets, details of "recon team," "guard team," and "hit team" roles, and a description of how "time delay" bombs could be placed below the cinema floor. A second document stated that targeting a Hindu temple would "allow for total focus on the Hindus without any other party being involved in the fallout." A Canadian jury convicted three American Fuqra members of "conspiracy to commit mischief endangering life." A fourth suspect, Max Lon Fongenie, who had come to Canada from Pakistan shortly before the plot was set in motion, fled back to Pakistan after his co-conspirators' arrest, according to evidence presented at the trial.Another story on their releasefrom hardbeatnews.com, a Caribbean news service, puts quotes around the word "terrorists" in the headline as if religiously-motivated bomb conspirators could be described otherwise. The article notes that both Adams and Ahmed hailed from Trinidad and Bagger was originally from the Dominican Republic.
In an interview taped by the Canadian Broadcasting Company, Gilani acknowledged that one or two of the men charged in the Toronto bombing conspiracy had studied with him in Lahore. Nevertheless, he insisted that Fuqra does not exist and that he does not advocate violence.
It is known that Fuqra has long had a presence in the Caribbean. I wonder if they are connected to the Trinidadian group, Jamaat al Muslimeen?
The article ends with this little tidbit:
Deportees are often sent back to their home country but Border Services officials have declined to confirm whether the men were sent home, alluding to concerns over security.That is interesting. I'm guessing this is due to one of two possibilities or both - they are concerned that citizens in the US or their home countries would be alarmed by their re-entry into society or, perhaps the men talked in prison and fear retribution from Gilani's thugs.
Follow these links to related stories from Canadian Press and Caribbean Net News.
[Hat tip to The Northeast Intelligence Network and The Canadian Sentinel for catching this story].
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