Fears of a terror attack in Canada are rising as the discovery and details of a sophisticated mystery tunnel near Rexall Centre, a large stadium in Toronto, have been made public by the authorities.
It is unclear as to who created the tunnel, which is large enough to walk in, and appears to be hand dug, with reinforced supports. It was discovered by a municipal worker six weeks ago when he happened upon some corrugated metal in woods located near the stadium , which will host the Pan Am games this July. Rexall Centre will also host a major tennis tournament this year, and will feature some of the world’s best women’s tennis players, including Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki and Svetlana Kuznetsova.
A recent video by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgent group has also raised tensions. In it a masked man threatened Canada’s massive West Edmonton Mall, along with a mall in the United States and a major shopping district in Britain.
Shebab carried out a bloody attack and takeover of a mall in Nairobi in September 2013 that killed at least 67 people.
In a video distributed on Twitter Saturday, the group ran a documentary-style account of the Kenya attack.
The insurgent’s video was followed by an appearance by a masked fighter who suggested similar attacks could be carried out on other malls in the United States, Canada, Britain and France. It specifically referred to the Mall of America in Minneapolis, the largest mall in the US. Minnesota is home to a large Somalian refugee population; Shebab is a Somalian based terrorist organization.
As the investigation continues, authorities have ruled out illicit drug activity as the purpose of the tunnel, which is also in close proximity to York University. The tunnel has since been filled in and the area is being closely monitored