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Canada Warns of 'Extremist Travelers,' Potential Terror Threat

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Koji Ueda/AP)

By    |   Monday, 29 Aug 2016 12:00 PM

The Canadian government warned its citizens about 180 people with ties to Canada who traveled overseas to join terror groups, and that it's tracking an additional 60 "extremist travelers" who have returned to the country.

"Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, more than 36,500 extremist travelers from over 100 countries, including at least 6,600 individuals from Western countries, have traveled to Syria," reads the report.

The Canadian government is aware of and tracking 60 extremist travelers who have returned to the country, the Washington Free Beacon reported, citing the document from Public Safety Canada. In 2014, the number with Canadian ties was estimated at 130, according to the report.

"The experiences and intentions of these individuals vary. They may have skills, experience and relationships developed abroad that could be used to recruit or inspire individuals in Canada," the report states.

According to U.S. Army Gen. Michael Flynn, a former top intelligence adviser to President Barack Obama, roughly 1,000 Islamic State members have been caught in the Americas.

"They are here," he told the Washington Free Beacon earlier this month. "The director of the FBI has said it. There are dozens and dozens and dozens, and I think the number I've heard is 1,000, but I don't know the exact numbers. But I do know there are a lot of cases against members inspired or directed by the Islamic State in this country."

An ISIS sympathizer was killed by police in Canada on Aug. 11 to prevent a potential suicide bomb attack, CBC News reported. Under police gunfire, Aaron Driver, 24, set off an explosive device in a taxi that killed him and injured the cab driver. A senior police official told Driver's family that he was allegedly planning a suicide bombing of a public place.

There were no reports indicating that Driver, a Canadian citizen, had traveled overseas.

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