Fort St. John man arrested on Terrorism offences

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This live blog is over.  We will keep working on this story and post updates as they become available.

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Court search shows Hamdan has been in court before for explosives in Fort St. John.
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According to court documents, Hamdan also faced charges in September of 2014 and in March 2015 for “makes/has or was in the possession of explosive substance”.  Both offences are listed has having happened in Fort St. John.

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The press conference seems to be over – no new information was released.  Not sure why they had a press conference.

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Video feed from CTV doesn’t seem to be working.  We will look for another stream to share.

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Findlay says she can’t comment on the specifics.

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Press Conference under way with MP Kerry-Lynee Findlay commending the RCMP on the arrest

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We are still waiting for the RCMP to start the press conference.  The live blog will start as soon as they begin.

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You can also watch the update thanks to CTV here:  http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=68597&binId=1.1184694&playlistPageNum=1

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The RCMP are about to hold a press conference about the arrest made today in Fort St. John.  We will live blog the press conference here.

Adam Reaburn | 18:53 Fort St. John man arrested on Terrorism offences

The Fort St. John RCMP along with the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team arrested Othman Ayed Hamdan in Fort St. John.  Hamdan has been charged with committing terrorism offences contrary to Section 83.2 of the Criminal Code.

Hamdan is 33 years-old and has been charged with, counselling to commit murder for the benefit of a terrorist group, counselling to assault causing bodily harm for the benefit of a terrorist group and counselling to commit aggravated assault for the benefit of a terrorist group.

According to the RCMP, a criminal investigation into Hamdan started in October 2014 and revealed that he was involved in posting pro-Islamic State (ISIS) propaganda online which included inducement and instructions to commit murder in the name of Jihad.

A search warrant was executed at Hamdan’s residence and a number of items were seized.

“Through the collaboration of our INSET, we were able to arrest this individual and disrupt his efforts to harm citizens across the country,” said Superintendent Dan Bond, Assistant Criminal Operations Officer, National Security for the RCMP in British Columbia.

“The safety and security of citizens across Canada is of the utmost importance to us, and we take these threats very seriously,” stated Chief Superintendent Scott Doran, officer in charge of the RCMP’s Federal Policing Criminal Operations in Ottawa.

Hamdan will now appear before the courts.  The RCMP say they will not release any further information now that the case is before the courts.