A suspect is scheduled to appear in a Toronto court Friday morning charged with stabbing two soldiers at a military recruitment centre.
27-year-old Ayanle Hassan Ali is facing a total of nine charges, including three counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.
The incident occurred around 3 p.m. Monday at a Canadian Forces recruitment centre. Police say Ali walked past a master corporal at the door of the centre and stabbed him when he tried to stop him before stabbing another military member who tried to apprehend him.
The two soldiers suffered minor wounds in the attack.
During a brief court appearance on Tuesday, Ali, who was born in Montreal and has lived in Toronto since 2011, stared at the floor and spoke in a voice barely above a whisper.
At that hearing, neither the Crown nor defence lawyer David Burke asked for Ali to undergo a psychiatric examination. However, Burke says he might ask for bail on Friday.
On Tuesday, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders quoted the suspect as saying “Allah told me to do this, Allah told me to come here and kill people.”
The RCMP and OPP were brought in to assist Toronto Police in their investigation.