Canada issues travel advisory warning of heightened terror threats in UK, UK does same for Canada
In separate warnings that could be unprecedented, the United Kingdom and Canada have both simultaneously declared terrorist threat travel alerts against each other.
The UK alert suggests that in Canada, “[a]ttacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should remain aware of your surroundings, keep up to date with local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities.”
It lists previous terrorist attacks, from 2020 to 2023 that include a stabbing in Surrey, BC, four people killed in a vehicular attack in London, Ont., one dead after being attacked with a hammer in Scarborough, Ont., and one dead and two injured by a machete-wielding killer in Toronto Ont.
The Canadian alert notes that the terrorist threat exists throughout Europe and that attacks have occurred in “several European cities.”
Canada is warning its citizens that in the UK “previous incidents have resulted in casualties. They include random violent incidents in public areas, such as knife and vehicle attacks as well as explosions,” though the warning notes that these have largely been confined to London.
The alert lists the following as likely targets for terrorists: “government buildings, including schools; places of worship; airports and other transportation hubs and networks; public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centers, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners.”
The British alert does not mention Canada’s most infamous terrorist attack that could have resulted in the deaths of its leading political leaders, including then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
In October 2014, crazed gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, a Canadian Army reservist who was guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa.
Zehaf-Bibeau then walked across the street and entered through the front door of Canada’s Parliament buildings where security was less than exhaustive. Harper, cabinet ministers, and scores of MPs were huddled in a committee meeting room down the hall and could have been killed.
Thankfully, Kevin Vickers, a former RCMP officer who then held the largely ceremonial position of sergeant-at-arms with the House of Commons, got a hold of a gun and shot the terrorist dead.
Recently in Canada, shots have been fired at two Jewish schools, synagogues firebombed, racial epithets hurled at Jewish students, and ugly “protests” have quickly proven to be nothing but anti-Semitic hate fests that would have impressed Nazi bullies in the Third Reich.
Demonstrations inspired by the Mideast war have frequently been rabidly anti-Semitic in many Canadian cities. Montreal Imam Adil Charkaoui recently led a public prayer for the extermination of the “Zionist aggressors” at “Stop the Genocide in Gaza” rally on Oct. 28. The rhetoric on this occasion could not be said to be singular.
“Allah, count every one of them, and kill them all, and do not exempt even one of them,” he said in Arabic. An enthusiastic crowd cheered their support to his words.