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Terror suspect Ahmed gets bail

OTTAWA - One of three men facing terrorism-related charges has been granted bail.

OTTAWA - One of three men facing terrorism-related charges has been granted bail.

Misbahuddin Ahmed, of Ottawa, was ordered released by a justice of the peace after relatives agreed to post bonds totalling $625,000.

Details of his hearing are under a publication ban.

Ahmed were arrested in August in connection with an alleged plot to bomb government buildings and public transit systems.

Hiva Alizadeh, of Ottawa, and Khurram Sher, of London, Ont., were also arrested and remain in custody.

All three are charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act with conspiracy to knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity.

Ahmed is also charged with possession of an explosive substance with intent to harm.

Sher faces the same charges as Ahmed, plus a count of providing property or financial services for the benefit of a terrorist group.

Ahmed, 26, worked as an X-ray technician at an Ottawa hospital. Sher is a 28-year-old doctor of pathology who once auditioned for Canadian Idol program. Alizadeh, 30, studied electrical engineering technology in Winnipeg.

When the men were arrested, police said they seized terrorist literature, videos and manuals, along with dozens of electronic circuit boards allegedly designed to detonate homemade bombs remotely.

Police said the alleged plot reached to Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Dubai.

Ahmed, who lived with his wife and infant daughter in a rental townhouse in Ottawa's west end, has been described as a quiet neighbour and a good worker who raised no alarms.

He formerly lived in Montreal, where he was an avid player in a ball hockey league for Muslim men.

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