Five Canadians who traveled to Syria in order to fight with the Islamic State have died, AFP reported Thursday.
One Ottowa-born man, John Maguire, a convert who took the name Abu Anwar al-Canadi was among those reported dead. Maguire called on Muslims to emulate two terrorist attacks that occured in October of 2014, a hit-and-run attack which killed a soldier near Montreal and the shooting death of another soldier in Ottowa.
The remaining four, all members of a single family of Somali origin, were said to have been killed in combat around Syria in recent months.
Ahmed Hirsi claimed that his son, Mahad, aged 20, was killed last fall along with cousins Hamsa and Hersi Kariye.
Three of the cousins are thought to have left Canada in October 2013, the CBC reported.
Last week, three were arrested in Canada over “serious” potential threats, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Tuesday.