Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau kicked out of Burnaby mosque two years ago

  • Douglas Todd, Rob Shaw, Jennifer Moreau, None, Ottawa
  • Updated: Oct 24, 2014 19:51 IST

Leaders at a Burnaby mosque had kicked out Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau from its congregation two years ago.

"His behaviour was not normal," said David Ali, vice-president of the Masjid Al-Salaam mosque, adding Zehaf-Bibeau used to trip the mosque’s fire alarms by trying to enter through the wrong doors. "We try to be open to everyone. But people on drugs don’t behave normally."

Mufti Aasim Rashid, spokesperson for the B.C. Muslim Association, which runs the Burnaby mosque, said Zehaf-Bibeau was asked to leave the mosque, because he had "gotten a hold of keys and stuff from the mosque, and when he got out of jail, he just started sleeping there," Rashid said.

Photo of Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.Photo Credits: Facebook

"They discovered him one day. He would come late at night and leave early in the morning, before people came. And when they discovered him, they changed all the locks and asked him not to come back. That was like a year ago. We do not have any confirmations of him visiting that mosque after that."

Zehaf-Bibeau is believed to have worshipped at one point at the Masjid Al-Salaam mosque, during a process of self-radicalization that ultimately saw him open fire in Ottawa on Tuesday and kill Canadian Forces Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

Postmedia News And Burnaby Now/

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