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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