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Police arrest man in Toronto for leaving Canada to join ISIS

Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 at 7:48 pm PDT

GRC RCMP Police badge is seen during a police memorial parade in Ottawa Sunday September 26, 2010. The Canadian Press Images/Francis Vachon

RCMP arrest man after a terrorism probe that began more than a year ago

TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – The RCMP have charged a 27-year-old man for leaving Canada to participate in the activity of a terrorist group.

In a statement, the Mounties allege Pamir Hakimzadah was arrested Wednesday afternoon following “an extensive national security criminal investigation.”

The RCMP say the investigation began in January 2016 after they learned a man had travelled to Turkey during the fall of 2014, allegedly to join ISIS. He was returned to Canada after being detained by Turkish authorities.

The RCMP say at no time was there any risk to public safety.

According to the RCMP statement, Hakimzadah is currently in Toronto police custody for “outstanding criminal allegations.”

In June 2016, Hakimzadah was charged with uttering threats, assault causing bodily harm and assault.

Hakimzadah is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.