‘Ordinary’ student was considered a security risk before becoming third man connected to alleged VIA Rail terror plot

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MONTREAL AND TORONTO — Ahmed Abassi could have had few complaints about the life Canada had given him. After arriving from Tunisia in 2010, he married and started working on a graduate degree in chemical engineering in Quebec City.

But for reasons that so far remain elusive, he allegedly radicalized a fellow Quebec student, who is accused of going on to plot a terrorist attack on a VIA Rail train. He then made his way to New York City to recruit others into terror, according to authorities.

Arrested in New York by the Joint Terrorism Task Force on the same day the RCMP picked up the alleged VIA Rail plotters, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, Mr. Abassi is now the latest fodder for a growing debate on how to prevent violent extremism.

Even before he landed in the U.S., the Canadian government had already identified Mr. Abassi as a problem…

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