A 30-year-old Toronto man who was initially charged with first-degree murder after allegedly killing a woman with a hammer is now facing a terrorism charge.
The updated information comes from the Toronto Police Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) after evidence was discovered which led investigators to believe the homicide was terrorist-related.
The RCMP and Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) were then contacted for investigative assistance into the case.
According to the Toronto police, the charge has now been updated to first-degree murder — including terrorist activity.
Police say the public can be assured that this appears to be an isolated incident and there is no further known threat to the public associated to the alleged suspect, Saad Akhtar.
“The Toronto Police Service appreciates the cooperation received from our partners with the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team. Today’s update is a result of this collaborative effort and the Service is committed to working with our partners going forward to ensure a successful outcome for this case and, most importantly, for the family and friends of the victim,” Inspector Hank Idsinga of the Homicide, Toronto Police Service said.
On Friday, February 21, the Toronto Police Service received multiple calls for a possible medical complaint at Sheppard Avenue East near Markham Road.
Reportedly, a woman was walking eastbound along Sheppard Avenue East when she was attacked by a man armed with a hammer.
The woman was identified as Hang-Kam Annie Chiu, and the 64-year-old later died from her injuries.
Akhtar, turned himself in after the incident and was initially charged with first-degree murder.
He appeared in court, for a second time, at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East, on Tuesday, February 25, 2020
If you believe you’ve witnessed or are aware of any criminal extremism or suspicious activities which could pose a threat to public safety and/or national security, the police encourage you to report it to 1-800-420-5805 or email [email protected]