ISIS Claims Deadly Toronto Attack That Killed 2: Propaganda Agency

Charlene Craig
July 25, 2018

Toronto's police chief says a 10 year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman were killed in the mass shooting in the city's Greektown neighbourhood.

Saunders said the police presence would be increased in the Danforth area following the shooting.

In a statement released to various media outlets, Hussain's family expressed their "deepest condolences" to the victims and their families for what they called "our son's horrific actions".

Julianna Kozis of Markham was killed in the shooting that also claimed the life of 18-year-old Reese Fallon and injured 13 others.

Toronto Police have identified 29-year-old Faisal Hussain as the gunman.

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It was not immediately clear whether the man killed himself or died of injuries after being shot by police.

The attack took place in Toronto's Greektown neighborhood on Sunday night, when a man dressed in black opened fire, killing two people and injuring 13 more.

"It costs them nothing to make the claim and it gets them in the news again", said Gurski.

The family added that they had been "utterly devastated by the incomprehensible news" and their "hearts are in pieces for the victims".

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Detectives in Canada are still seeking a motive for a mass shooting which left three dead - including the gunman - and injured more than a dozen others, as residents of Toronto grapple with the latest in a string of violent incidents to hit Canada's biggest city in recent months.

"A short time ago, after speaking with a member of the deceased's immediate family and a family representative, the SIU was able to confirm the man's identity".

"We just ran. We saw people starting to run so we just ran", he said. They said medications did not help him and the interventions of professionals were unsuccessful.

"On Monday we didn't reopen to mourn the lives lost", Kilanis said.

"We wanted to create a safe space within the school today so people could be together", said Shari Schwartz-Maltz.

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Her boyfriend and a doctor who was in the restaurant attended to the woman who was shot in the thigh.

Both Khan and fellow neighbour Sadaf Pathan said Hussain's sister had died in an accident some years before, while another brother was in hospital long-term with an unspecified condition.

The number of guns obtained legally in Canada but are then sold to people who use them for criminal purposes has surged dramatically in recent years compared to firearms smuggled from the United States, Toronto police say.

"I know we always say, 'That can't happen here, ' when we see those gunmen in the States doing the same thing and it has happened here now, " Fletcher said.

Amarnath Amarasingam, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and co-directs a study of Western foreign fighters based at the University of Waterloo, said he was expecting an ISIL claim after the Toronto shooting.

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