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Man admits he belonged to terror cell

Another member of the so-called Toronto 18, which was allegedlyplotting to detonate truck bombs in downtown Toronto, admitted in aBrampton court yesterday that he belonged to a homegrown terror cell.

Another member of the so-called Toronto 18, which was allegedly plotting to detonate truck bombs in downtown Toronto, admitted in a Brampton court yesterday that he belonged to a homegrown terror cell.

Ali Dirie, 26, who was arrested while allegedly smuggling guns into the country, pleaded guilty to one count of participating in or contributing to a terrorist group. He still faces a charge for gun smuggling.

According to the Crown, the terror plot first popped onto the radar of police in August 2005, when Dirie and co-accused Yasin Abdi Mohamed were stopped at the Canada-U.S. border in a rented vehicle while attempting to smuggle firearms and ammunition into the country. Mohamed has since had his charges stayed.

The Scarborough man will be back in court tomorrow for sentencing submissions. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 2.

 
 
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