WINDSOR, Ont. — Two Ontario men wanted by the FBI for alleged involvement in a radical Islamic group were arrested Saturday in Windsor, Ont., days after the group’s alleged leader was killed in a shootout with the FBI.
Windsor police Staff Sgt. Dave Kigar said Mohammad Al-Sahli, 33, and Yassir Ali Khan, 30, both of Windsor, were arrested at homes in the city early Saturday morning.
“They used a tactical team due to the information as to what happened over in the arrest Dearborn (Michigan) and that resulted in a shootout,” Kigar said.
Tactical teams of RCMP and Windsor police surrounded two houses in the same area of the city and called out to people inside the homes. Although police had concerns about violence after the Detroit shootout, the men were arrested without any trouble. Kigar said it was not known how long they had been in Windsor or whether they owned homes there.
After the RCMP received information from the FBI the men might be in Windsor, police issued warrants for their arrests. RCMP Sgt. Marc LaPorte said provisional warrants were issued Friday night for the two Canadians.
They were wanted for conspiracy to commit federal crimes, LaPorte added.
Kigar said the men were arrested on immigration violation warrants, but added the underlying reason was the FBI investigation.
Al-Sahli and Khan are currently in custody and will appear before a Superior Court judge in Windsor on Monday to face extradition to the United States.
The arrests come just days after Mujahid Carswell, the son of an imam killed in a shootout with the FBI in Detroit Wednesday, was arrested in Windsor.
An FBI complaint, the result of a two-year-investigation, alleges all three men conspired to commit federal crimes.