Surrey: The BC RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team has said a man has been facing multiple charges relating to two assaults — one at a bus stop, and a second on a bus — in which one man received serious injuries.
The police said on April 1, the Surrey RCMP and the Metro Vancouver Transit Police responded to an assault with a weapon complaint where one man was stabbed.
BC RCMP said on April 2 as a result of information collected during the initial investigation, Federal Policing’s BC (E Division) Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (EINSET) assumed conduct of the investigation and has consulted with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC).
After the investigation conducted so far, Abdul Aziz Kawam has been charged with Attempt to Commit Murder, in association with a Terrorist Group [Sec. 83.2 C.C.], Assault Causing Bodily Harm, in association with a Terrorist Group [Sec. 83.2 C.C.], Aggravated Assault, in association with a Terrorist Group [Sec. 83.2 C.C.], and Assault with a Weapon, in association with a Terrorist Group [Sec. 83.2 C.C.]
The BC RCMP said the amended charges relate to allegations the assaults where carried out for the Islamic State.
“While our investigation is ongoing, the Federal RCMP’s EINSET is continuing to work with the Metro Vancouver Transit Police, and our law enforcement partners,” said Superintendent David Teboul, Acting Deputy Criminal Operations Officer in charge of Federal Policing Branch in BC.
“We remain committed to uncovering all the facts relating to this disturbing and unprovoked assault, and value the work and collaboration from our policing partners, the Metro Vancouver Transit Police and Surrey RCMP Detachment,” he added.
Kawam appeared in court on April 3, and is being held in custody pending his next court appearance.