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Accused teenage terrorist back in jail after bail breach

The teenager was charged in January with trying to “deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive or other lethal devices against a place of public use with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury.”

A teenager from Kingston, Ontario, alleged to have been planning a terrorist attack is back in jail just three weeks after he was released on bail.

The 16-year-old, whose identity cannot be released due to his age, was released on April 3 but has since been taken back into custody due to an alleged breach of his bail conditions.

The youth had to surrender his passport, wear an ankle monitor, and be in the presence of an adult family member at all times.

He was also not allowed to access the internet or leave Ontario except for approved reasons.

The teenager was charged in January with trying to “deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive or other lethal devices against a place of public use with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury.”

After a tip from American authorities, Kingston RCMP raided two locations, arresting the youth and finding enough explosives to perform a controlled demolition.

He was subsequently charged with “making, or having in his possession or under his care of control, an explosive substance.”

At the time of his released, the accused lawyer said his client was “quite happy” with the conditions of his bail.

“I understand the concern that people may have, given the nature of the allegations. All I can say is that we do have a very nuanced but enlightened system of bail in this country for dealing with young persons that balances all of the different competing interests, including public safety,” he said.

At the time of the raids another man, 20-year old Hussam Eddin Alzahabi, was arrested but later released without charges.

RCMP said at the time that the accused had not chosen a location for their planned attack and that any threat to the public was “extinguished” after their raids.

Due to a court-order publication ban, few details on the court proceedings are available.  

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