Canada adds two Islamist groups to terror list

Sun News, Canada/November 8, 2013

Ottawa -- Canada's list of banned terrorist entities is growing, with the addition of two Islamist groups Friday.

The list now includes two more al-Qaida-linked groups: Jabhat Al-Nusra, also known as the Front for the Defense of the Syrian People, and the Signatories in Blood, which is active in West Africa.

"Jabhat Al-Nusra is an organization that has claimed responsibility for nearly 600 terrorist attacks, including car bombings and suicide attacks that have killed scores of innocent Syrian civilians," said Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney in a statement.

The Signatories in Blood has claimed responsibility for a deadly hostage-taking at an Algerian gas plant last January that also included Canadian involvement, along with suicide bombings in Niger in March.

Under the Criminal Code, any person or group on Canada's terrorist entity list can have assets seized and forfeited, while anyone participating in or contributing to the activities of a listed entity can go to prison for up to 14 years.

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