CIJA: “No info at present to suggest Jewish community is a target”

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York Regional Police. Photo: JCPA.ORG

On May 14, 2019 the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) tweeted:

‏UPDATE: We are aware of the arrest of 2 individuals after explosive materials were found at a residence in Richmond Hill. There is no info at present to suggest Jewish community is a target. We are in contact with @YRP, and will provide updates as more info becomes available.

Earlier York Regional Police issued the following press release:

York Regional Police has laid charges against two men after hazardous, explosive materials were located at a residence in the City of Richmond Hill.

On Thursday, May 9, 2019, York Regional Police began an investigation after receiving information regarding a suspect who was investigated by United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

On Friday, May 10, York Regional Police executed a search warrant at a residence on Larratt Lane and located a quantity of hazardous, explosive materials as well as a detonator device.

Officers with the Ontario Provincial Police and the York Regional Police Explosives Detection Unit attended the residence to ensure the safe removal of the materials. The hazardous materials have been removed and neighbours who were evacuated as a precaution, have been allowed back to their residences.

On Monday, May 13, 2019, two suspects were arrested and are now facing charges.


Mahyar MOHAMMADIASL, 18, of Richmond Hill, CHARGES: Possession of Explosive Device

Reza MOHAMMADIASL, 47, of Richmond Hill

This investigation is ongoing…