OTTAWA, Aug 24, 2006 (AFP) – Three Canadian residents accused of supporting Sri Lanka’s separatist Tamil Tiger rebels were arrested this week at the cusp of a joint Canada-US anti-terror sweep and face extradition to the United States, police said Thursday. Ottawa and Washington brand the movement a foreign terrorist organization.
A total 11 suspects, including six Canadians, were nabbed by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in both countries for trying to buy illegal weapons and other alleged crimes.
The last three Canadian suspects to be arrested were picked up by police in the Toronto area Monday through Wednesday, RCMP Sergeant Michele Paradis told AFP.
“Over the last several weeks, the RCMP and the FBI have collaborated on an operation directed at the efforts of individuals, Canadians among them, who allegedly conspired to procure weapons on behalf of the Tamil Tigers for its ongoing war against the Sri Lankan government,” Canadian Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said in a statement.
“Our government considers the Tamil Tigers a terrorist organization and was quick to take action when we added them to the list of terrorist entities in April,” he said.
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