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Canada nabs two brothers over terrorism-related charges


Canadian authorities have arrested two brothers in the northeast of the country over terrorism-related activities, police say.

Ashton Carleton Larmond and Carlos Larmond, 24-year-old suspected twins, were charged with counts related to terrorist activities, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement on Friday.

Authorities at Montreal’s international airport detained Carlos as he was departing to “travel overseas for terrorist purposes,” the police said.

His brother was charged with “facilitating terrorist activity” and participating in a terrorist group.

“Today’s arrests speak to our ability to tackle a threat that is multifaceted and constantly evolving,” Canadian police official James Malizia added.

Police failed to provide additional details of the alleged terrorist activity, however.

The arrests come less than three months after the country suffered two so-called terrorism-related attacks – one of them on the nation’s parliament.

Armed assailants stormed the parliament in the capital city of Ottawa on October 22, leaving one soldier and an attacker dead.

In another incident just two days earlier, a radicalized Quebec man, identified as Martin Couture-Rouleau, was shot dead by police after he ran down two soldiers, killing one of them, with his vehicle near a military compound.

According to government figures, there are more than 130 Canadians who have travelled overseas and are “suspected of terrorism-related activities.”

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