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Terrorism charges laid after knife attack on Surrey, B.C., bus

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A B.C. man who allegedly slashed a man’s throat on a transit bus in Surrey, B.C., on Saturday is facing terrorism charges.

According to court documents filed by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, the man is alleged to have committed the assault for “the Islamic State” — known as ISIS.

Abdul Aziz Kawam, born in 1995, faces four terrorism charges for attempted murder, aggravated assault and two counts of assault related to the attack.

He was arrested after a stabbing on a bus travelling near the Fraser Highway and 148 Street in Surrey, B.C., just after 9:30 a.m. PT Saturday.

Metro Vancouver Transit Police say the suspect had threatened someone at a bus stop before allegedly attacking a different person after boarding.

Sunday, police say there was an “altercation” between two men on board the bus.

“During that altercation, one of the men allegedly took out a knife and slashed the other male’s throat,” Const. Amanda Steed told CBC News on Sunday

The victim was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries but is expected to make a full recovery.

Kawam also allegedly assaulted another victim. According to Steed, he approached the victim at the bus stop on Fraser Highway and 152 Street and “brandished the knife, holding it to the victim’s throat.”

Kawam appeared in court in Surrey on Monday morning.