The Mayor of Mission says he’s discounting a report in an Indian newspaper, claiming a terrorist training camp may be operating in his community.
“It is the first that I’ve heard of it.”
Randy Hawes says the article from the Times of India that raises red flags.
If Sikh youth are training with AK-47s four hours a day at a pro-Khalistan camp, Hawes says it would likely trigger complaints from the public.
“The RCMP would have some knowledge of it, and they certainly would have shared it with our council.”
Hawes adds the Sikh temple in his community is a moderate one – and if there was worry Mission was turning into a hotbed of terrorism, he’s sure he would hear about that as well.
The article in the Times of India also claims the federal government has been warned about the camp.
It alleges Hardeep Nijjar, a Sikh man, is the head of the ‘Khalistan Terror Force’ and operating a pro-Khalistan training camp to carry out attacks in the state of Punjab.
The article says Nijjar has been living in Surrey since 1995, has a Canadian passport, and alleges he’s wanted in connection to a 2007 bombing at a cinema that killed 6 people.
But, for its part, Public Safety Canada says it cannot comment on specific allegations or threats connected to national security.
That said, the ministry notes it will respond to any credible warning and threat the security and intelligence community receives.