Zehaf-Bibeau grew up in Ottawa and Montreal, and had spent time in Libya before moving to Western Canada to become a miner and laborer, said [his friend, Dave] Bathurst, who met the gunman in a Vancouver-area mosque about three years ago.
Bathurst said Zehaf-Bibeau told him six weeks ago at a British Columbia mosque thathe wanted to go to Libya to study Islam and Arabic. But reports from Canada say Zehaf-Bibeau was blocked from traveling by government officials who have been monitoring extremists to prevent them from joining the Islamic State.
Had Zehaf-Bibeau taken his apparent jihad plans abroad, he would have been following in the footsteps of his father, believed to be Belgasem Zahef, who was quoted by the Washington Times in 2011, speaking from the Libya, where he had travelled to join the rebellion against Col. Moammar Qaddafi.
The “rebellion”: That would be the one conducted by the jihadis.
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