Man Detained From Diverted Flight In Montreal Is Terror Suspect

By: Brad Ciociola
By: Brad Ciociola

MSNBC.com is reporting that a man detained by authorities after an Aeromexico flight from Paris to Mexico City was diverted to Montreal Sunday is a terror suspect who was the subject of a U.S. terror warning last week.

The flight was diverted after U.S. officials denied access to its air space.

Earlier in the week Homeland Security officials asked law enforcement in Houston to be on the lookout for Abdirahman Ali Gaall, a Somali man suspected of being a member of al-Shabaab, a Somalia based organization with ties to al-Qaida. Gaall was thought to be trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico.

The Canadian Border Services Agency confirmed Gaall was on U.S. no-fly lists. After the plane landed in Montreal, Canadian police boarded the aircraft and arrested him without incident. The passengers were then re-screened and the plane was allowed to continue to Mexico City.

Gaall is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Wednesday.


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  • by Scott on Jun 1, 2010 at 01:10 PM
    It's OK, you don't have to agree with me since. That's what makes America great, but I don't think that telling someone you disagree with to shut up is a good way to advance your viewpoint.
  • by LW Location: Greenville on Jun 1, 2010 at 12:01 PM
    I,ve said this over 5 years ago. Bin Lauden knows how easy it is to come to the USA through Mexico. He thinks in years not months. The next big "THING' will come through Mexico.So while our polticians keep being P.C. it will cost untold numbers of lives . Seal the boarder and get serious.
  • by @Scott on Jun 1, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    Scott, why should the news media, as you say, STFU? The way I understand the story, it seems like they are reporting facts and not taking a side on any one opinion so you can draw your own conclusion. Perhaps you should take some of your own advice and STFU.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 1, 2010 at 08:23 AM
    It sounds like the man is also trying to cause trouble for Canada as well as the United States. Go ahead and sit this man on death row. He is good for nothing.
  • by Scott on Jun 1, 2010 at 07:49 AM
    Well while many of them may think it needs to be secured they are doing nothing about it. AZ is in the right in my opinion, and the rest of the nation needs to follow suit. Our boarder with Mexico is the single biggest, glaring, national security issue facing America. If illegals can cross it that easily trafficking drugs and human, why couldn't the enemies of the US do the same? I think that most would find my ideas of securing the boarder would be inhumane and even cruel, but I assure you that you'd see a large drop in illegal boarder crossing if they were implemented. But, hey the government is there to implement the will of the people, right..... If it did the boarder would be secured already.
  • by Disullusioned Location: DC on Jun 1, 2010 at 06:55 AM
    The United States Refugee Program (State Dept) is a program that because of its history (WW II) does no require any documents – only oral testimony. It should not be surprising that nefarious groups use this program to resettle people in the U.S. with new identities at U.S. tax payer expense.
  • by @Scott on Jun 1, 2010 at 06:16 AM
    Who in the government has said that we don't need to secure the borders? What are you talking about!? If it is as easy as you think, I'd love to see you try your ideas then write about them!
  • by Scott on Jun 1, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    Yet the Govt. doesn't think it needs to secure the boarders. That's ridiculous. I wonder how many potential terrorist are in the US by way of the Mexican boarder? Now they will just take flights to South America so they don't have to enter our air space and potentially be caught. Then just travel to the boarder that way. Sometimes the news/media needs to STFU when it comes to national security.
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