The group disappeared after arriving in Turkey
- Canadian authorities trying to locate group believed to be trying to join ISIS
- Montreal college suspends agreement with Islamic group on campus
On Thursday, a police source told CNN that Canadian authorities are investigating the whereabouts of at least four teenagers suspected of traveling to the Middle East to join ISIS.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the source said the teenagers are believed to have arrived in Turkey. It’s unclear where they are now.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that two of the four teenagers are women from Laval, Quebec, while at least one of the teens is a male from Montreal. Three of the four had been students at Montreal CEGEP Collège de Maisonneuve, according to an official there. The teenagers flew from Montreal to Turkey in mid-January; two days later, family members alerted the police.
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Montreal CEGEP Collège de Maisonneuve
On the same day the investigation was revealed, officials at Montreal CEGEP Collège de Maisonneuve announced that they have “suspended the lease agreement” with an Islamic organization at the school.
Spokeswoman Brigitte Desjardins said the organization, École des Compagnons, has been suspended because the college found evidence of “hate speech and non-respect for our values” involving one of the group’s leaders.
École des Compagnons had an agreement to rent classrooms at Maisonneuve College for instruction in Arabic and Koran studies, according to Desjardins. She said the agreement is less than a year old.
The group is represented by professor Adil Charkaoui.
At a news conference Thursday, Desjardins said that Charkaoui promoted “values that are contrary to ours at the college.”
Brigitte Desjardins, college spokeswoman
“We didn’t really go deep but just to see that, we said, it’s enough,” Desjardins said.
Charkaoui released a statement in French on his Twitter account late Thursday, saying he will discuss the lease suspension at 11 a.m. Friday at Centre St-Pierre, Montreal.
On his Twitter account, Charkaoui described himself as “Coordinator of the Collective Against Islamophobia Quebec, Professor, PhD student in Educational Sciences.” CNN reached out to Charkaoui, but there has been no response so far.