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A Moroccan living illegally in Montreal
Montreal is a city in Canada. It is the largest city in the province of Quebec, the second-largest city in Canada and the seventh largest in North America...
since 1995, Karim Said Atmani
(also Abu Isham
, Abu Hisham
) was alleged to be a document-forger for the Groupe Islamique Armé, and shared an apartment with Ahmed Ressam
Ahmed Ressam is an Algerian al-Qaeda member who lived in Montreal, Canada.He was convicted of attempting to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport on New Year's Eve 1999, as part of the foiled 2000 millennium attack plots...
He frequently travelled to Bosnia, and held both Bosnian and Moroccan passports. In Bosnia he fought in an Arab brigade led by Abdelkader Mokhtari
Abdelkader Mokhtari is an Arab commander who became a "sacred legend" for the Bosnian mujahideen in the Bosnian War.-Life:...
, another veteran of the GIA.
He was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police , literally ‘Royal Gendarmerie of Canada’; colloquially known as The Mounties, and internally as ‘The Force’) is the national police force of Canada, and one of the most recognized of its kind in the world. It is unique in the world as a national, federal,...
in Niagara on the Lake, along with an associate believed to be smuggling guns.
After being convicted of colluding with Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was the founder of the militant Islamist organization Al-Qaeda, the jihadist organization responsible for the September 11 attacks on the United States and numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets...
by a French court, he was released early for good behavior. He is believed to have returned to Bosnia following his release.