A youth in Toronto has been charged with terrorism for the killing of a woman at an erotic massage parlour back in February. Police have uncovered that the suspect subscribed to the ‘incel’ movement, a group of sexually-frustrated men.
Is this the right charge? Is incel terrorism? Borealis weighs in.
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Threat of ‘incel’ terrorism continues to grow, attract younger followers
Canada’s most recent outburst of incel-related violence was allegedly a machete attack on Feb. 24 at a North York massage parlor that left a 24-year-old woman dead and another badly injured. While the motive for the killing was not disclosed at the time, police are now calling it terrorism. Charges against the suspect were updated in court on Tuesday to include counts of terrorism.
It is vitally important when trying to determine motive for violence, including that of the terrorist variety, to corroborate evidence from multiple sources.
Two years after the Toronto van attack that killed 10, the misogynist incel subculture allegedly behind the mass killing is part of an evolving threat that intersects with far right extremism, according to experts.
Alek Minassian killed 10 people and wounded 16 in an alleged ‘incel’ attack in Toronto on April 23, 2018. Was this a terrorist incident and are incels terrorists?