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COUNTERTERRORISM: Canada arrests apparent twin 24-year-old brothers

AFP, OTTAWA

Canadian police arrested two brothers on terrorism-related charges on Friday, less than three months after the nation saw two attacks from suspected Muslim extremists — one targeting the nation’s parliament.

Ashton Carleton Larmond and Carlos Larmond were charged with counts related to terrorist activities, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement.

They were both listed as being 24 years old and appear to be twins.

Carlos was apprehended at Montreal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Police said he was caught just before departing to “travel overseas for terrorist purposes,” adding that he was charged with “facilitating terrorist activity” and participating in a terrorist organization.

“Today’s arrests speak to our ability to tackle a threat that is multifaceted and constantly evolving,” RCMP Assistant Commissioner James Malizia said.

The arrests come after Muslim extremist attacks in France killed 17 people, including 12 people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The RCMP called on Canadians to be vigilant, but did not provide details of the alleged terrorist activity.

In October last year, two soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Canada. In one, a soldier was fatally shot while standing watch at the War Memorial in Ottawa.

His suspected attacker, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, then stormed into parliament and exchanged fire with police before being shot dead.

In the other, 25-year-old Martin Couture-Rouleau, who had been on a watchlist of suspected extremists, allegedly drove over two soldiers in a parking lot, killing one of them before being shot dead by police.

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