Ottawa police to hold talks with Muslim leaders

Police-community committee to discuss arrests of suspected terrorists

Prominent members of Ottawa’s Muslim community will meet with members of the Community and Police Action Committee, a team that specializes in defusing police-community tensions, to allay concerns and explain why the RCMP arrested two men suspected of planning a terrorist attack on Canada on Wednesday. COMPAC has critical incident teams trained to defuse any escalating concerns, and regularly brings together police, visible minorities and aboriginals for meetings. Imam Zijad Delic, executive director of the Canadian Islamic Congress, said all national Muslim associations are waiting for more information on the arrests. Delic, who signed the Canadian Council of Imams’ declaration against terrorism, said it is both the social and religious responsibility of anyone who knew about the alleged activities to report such a case.

Ottawa Citizen

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