Federal police in Canada dismantled an Islamic State (ISIS) group recruiting network, by arresting a Canadian with ties to ISIS for allegedly helping others join the jihadists, authorities said Tuesday, according to AFP.
International warrants were also issued through Interpol for the arrest of two other men, including a Canadian reportedly killed in Syria, for joining the banned terror group and encouraging others to follow suit.
"We were able to disrupt an organized network associated with [ISIS]," said Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Assistant Commissioner James Malizia.
"This network was involved in recruiting individuals for terrorism purposes and in sending them into Syria and Iraq for the benefit of this terrorist group," he added.
Awso Peshdary, 25, is in custody in Ottawa.
He had been previously arrested as part of another terrorism-related investigation, but was released due to a lack of evidence, RCMP Chief Superintendent Jennifer Strachan told a press conference.
He also has social ties to twin brothers and a third man arrested on terror charges mid-January.
Khadar Khalib, 23, and John Maguire, 24, were charged in absentia with leaving Canada to join the Islamic State group, according to AFP.
Both were active on social media denouncing Canada and its allies in their fight against ISIS. Maguire was said to have been killed in 2014 but police said they have no proof of his death.
"We continue to work actively with our domestic and international partners to return Khalib and Maguire to Canada to be prosecuted," said Strachan.
According to police, Maguire traveled to Turkey in December 2012 and is now a member of ISIS. Peshdary stayed in contact with him "and together they entered into a conspiracy to send other Canadians to Syria to join ISIS," Strachan said.
Chalib traveled to Syria at the end of 2014 and joined ISIS.
In a six-minute video posted online, John Maguire, originally from Ottawa, warned Canada that it faces retaliation for participating in U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS.
Calling himself Abu Anwar al-Canadi, Maguire urged Muslims to follow the example of a driver in a hit-and-run killing of a soldier near Montreal and of a gunman who killed an unarmed soldier in Ottawa last October.
Or, he said, Canadian Muslims should travel to Syria to join ISIS.
Little is known about Khalib.
Peshdary was briefly detained in 2010 as part of an investigation into an Ottawa-based terror group that resulted in the convictions of two men for plotting to attack a repatriation ceremony at a Canadian military base usually attended by the minister of defense and chief of the defense staff.
A third man — a Canadian doctor of Pakistani heritage who once auditioned for a televised talent show — was acquitted at trial of terrorism in that case.