Police in Repentigny, Que., are looking into a possible hoax after stickers promoting Islamic extremism were found stuck to a number of cars over the weekend.
Some car owners in Repentigny, which is just northeast of Montreal, were surprised to find stickers proclaiming, in French: “Quebec is Allah’s land, convert or else…”
The sticker features the logo of the Muslim Brotherhood, Arabic script and a photo of an armed man carrying what appears to be an Islamic State flag.
Local police were first made aware of the stickers on Saturday morning, and subsequently informed Quebec provincial police.
Haroun Bouazzi of The Association of Muslims and Arabs For a Secular Quebec said he doubts the threat is real.
Bouazzi said he’s never heard of any extremist groups in the area doing that kind of vandalism. He believes the vandals are simply trying to incite fear of Muslims.
“We have been seeing these fake Facebook accounts and things like that [that] show a lot of hatred,” he said.
”It looks like a very, very bad joke. Having said that, obviously we hope police will find these people no matter who they are,” Bouazzi said.
No one has been arrested in the matter, and police are still trying to figure out whether it’s a hoax.
A spokesperson with Repentigny police said it’s the first time he’s seen such a thing.
Patrols have been stepped up in the area in an effort to prevent it from happening again.
By CBC News