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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

INTERNATIONAL TERROR: Canada bans Pakistani Taliban as a terror group!

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By Ian MacLeod, Postmedia News July 5, 2011.

OTTAWA — The federal government has blacklisted the Pakistani Taliban, initially linked to last year's alleged jihadist scheme to bomb Ottawa and to the attempted bombing of New York's Times Square.

The threat of terrorism, "is real, persistent, and evolving, and we remain vigilant in confronting it," Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said in a statement declaring Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) a banned terrorist organization.

The announcement gave no details of any TTP activity directed at Canada but follows a similar move last year by the United States.

In making the announcement Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said the listing means Canadian assets belonging to members of the group will be frozen and subject to seizure, restraint and forfeiture.

"By listing this group as a terrorist entity, it will be illegal for any individual, group or association to knowingly assist Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in raising funds, in protecting its assets or in any other way financially assisting the organization," he said.

The TTP made headlines in Canada following "Project Samossa" and the arrests last August of two Ottawa men and a London, Ont., physician in what the RCMP described as "real and serious" terrorism threat to the National Capital Region and Canada's national security.

Police raids on two Ottawa addresses uncovered more than 50 circuit boards police believe were intended to remotely trigger detonators for improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Also seized were what was described as a "vast quantity" of schematics, videos, drawings, instructions and electronic components for IEDs.

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