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Toronto woman arrested for allegedly attempting to join ISIS

Haleema Mustafa was arrested on Wednesday in Makrham, Ont.

A Toronto woman has been arrested and charged with attempting to join the extremist terror group ISIS. 

Haleema Mustafa was arrested on Wednesday in Markham, Ont. according to Global News. 

“Haleema Mustafa has been arrested today and charged with the two following terrorism offences: leaving Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group pursuant to section 83.181 of the Criminal Code and participation in the activities of a terrorist group pursuant to section 83.18 of the Criminal Code,” Public Prosecution Service of Canada spokesperson Sabrina Nemis told Global News.

The charges are related to her and her husband, Ikar Mao’s, 2019 summer trip to Turkey where they were arrested by local authorities in an alleged attempt to enter Syria. 

22-year-old Mao is currently in police custody and is facing similar charges after being arrested on a terrorism peace bond in 2019. 

According to court documents, police had a “fear of terrorism offence” before moving to detain Mao. 

In June, an Ontario court shut down an appeal for bail by Mao.

Public Safety Canada estimates show that around 60 suspected terrorists have returned to Canada after participating in extremism abroad. 

Both Mao and Mustafa’s cases are currently under a publication ban. 

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