OTTAWA – Canadian police have arrested a Toronto-area man who claimed he was an ISIS executioner, accusing him of committing a hoax that claimed he was involved in terrorist activity.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the man, Shehroze Chaudhry, 25, “claimed to have traveled to Syria in 2016 to join the terrorist group ISIS and to have committed acts of terrorism.” The interviews he gave to the media, National Police said, raised “public safety concerns among Canadians.”
Sgt. Lucie Lapointe, a spokeswoman for the mounted police, said Mr. Chaudry was the person widely featured on “Caliphate,” a New York Times podcast, as Abu Huzayfah. In the podcast, he described in heartbreaking detail his role in the executions. The Times declined to discuss its supply.
“Uncertainty over Abu Huzayfah’s story is at the heart of every episode of the caliphate that introduced him,” Danielle Rhoades Ha, a Times spokesperson, said in a statement. She noted that an episode confirmed that Abu Huzayfah had misled The Times about the dates of his trip to Syria and the timing of his radicalization.