Pierrefonds man to face terrorism-related charges for online video

Police say a 20-year-old Pierrefonds man will appear in Montreal court today, to face charges under Canada’s terrorism act for causing people to fear the possibility of a terrorist attack.

Montreal police Cmdr. Ian Lafrenière said police questioned the young man after a threatening video about making bombs was traced via an IP address to the man’s home on Montreal’s West Island. 

« The way it was done, it was someone that was talking about explosive devices, talking about that he was doing something like this: he was building an explosive device, » said Lafrenière.

« At the end, better safe than sorry, there were no explosive devices. »

Montreal police searched the home but did not find any explosives.

A woman believed to be the man’s mother was also questioned and later released by Montreal police. 

Police would not confirm whether the man in question appeared in the video or whether he had created it.

Police say they were alerted to the video by someone residing outside of Montreal, and they were assisted in the investigation by the RCMP and the Sûreté du Québec. 

The video has been removed from social media, but police said it’s not known who removed it.

« It is not there anymore. It’s not because of us. I don’t know who took it down, » said Lafrenière.  

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