Islamic State-linked group planned fatal shooting at Ontario restaurant: Crown

A gunman accused of killing a young Ontario man and shooting four members of his family at his small Mississauga restaurant in 2021 was allegedly part of a trio that had pledged allegiance to the listed Islamic State terrorist group, a spokesman said. Crown prosecutor at an opening. testimony at the Brampton murder trial this week.

The victim, Naim Akl, 25, became a target when he realized the allegiances of the group, which operated a warehouse business in the greater Toronto area, and planned to go to Canadian authorities, the prosecutor said. the Crown, David D’Iorio.

“They were not limited to buying and selling products. They had pledged allegiance to ISIS, the Islamic State, and money was being used to fund that organization, sent back home to further that cause,” D’Iorio said in his speech to the jury this week.

“You will hear evidence that Naim Akl had realized that… the group had pledged allegiance to ISIS,” he said. “He was planning to go to the authorities and betray the others. Our position is that the others devised a plan to prevent that from happening: a plan to kill Naim Akl and his family.”

D’Iorio identified the gunman as Anand Nath and Suliman Raza as the getaway driver, following orders from Naqash Abassi. All three are charged with one count of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder. The charges have not been proven in court.

Also known as ISIS, Daesh or ISIL, the Islamic State is listed as a terrorist group in Canada and has claimed responsibility for a variety of attacks with the goal of creating a global caliphate.

D’Iorio said Akl had converted to Islam without telling his parents, who did not approve, and began working for Abassi’s warehouse business.

On May 29, 2021, it was a typical Saturday night for the family’s small Mississauga takeout restaurant, Chicken Land, at The Collegeway and Glen Erin Drive, D’Iorio said, with family members preparing food for dinner and one doing homework in the back. .

At 7:15 p.m. a hooded and masked man can be seen on video entering Chicken Land, where he pulled out a gun and shot several family members, shooting Akl in the neck, killing him, and shooting several others. , said.

Witnesses saw a thin man run toward a getaway car and jump into the trunk as the car sped away before first responders arrived.

On Friday, the jury viewed about 70 videos from dash cameras, surveillance cameras and traffic cameras documenting the Honda Accord as it returned to Abassi’s warehouse.

Another confidant in the group heard Nath describe the murders and will testify, D’Iorio said. Police found ISIS propaganda on the defendants’ phones and records on Raza’s phone from a search for “What are the sentences for a hit-and-run driver?” he said.