Sep 26, 2013
By Jane Brown
A member of the Toronto 18 terror group has reportedly been killed while fighting with an extremist group in Syria. Ali Mohamed Dirie was convicted in 2009 for his involvement in the 2006 terrorism plot to blow up a number of Toronto and Ottawa targets, including the Parliament buildings. After his release in 2011, Dirie is said to have left Canada for Syria.
Security sources have told various media outlets that Dirie was one of dozens of Canadians who have joined the conflict in Syria where more than 100,000 people have died in the conflict between rebels and Al Qaida militants and loyalists to President Bashar al-Assad.
Although sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the Toronto 18, Dirie only served two years behind bars because of the five year credit he received for pre-trial custody. There was no information on when Dirie died in Syria or how.