Police recently laid charges against a 23-year-old man for reportedly setting fire to a Canadian college. The incident originally took place yesterday on April 1st, 2019, and resulted in the school being shut down for nearly two days. Now, police and crown counsel have approved charges following the alarming incident. 

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On the afternoon of April 2, 2019, Vancouver police announced that charges have been laid against a 23-year-old man. Nasradin Abdusamad Ali has been arrested and charged in relation to the terrifying Langara College incident. Previously, his identity was not revealed to the public. 

As of April 2nd, 2019, Ali has been charged with one count of arson in relation to inhabited property, and one count of possession of incendiary material. The suspect currently remains in police custody. 

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Yesterday, a college in Vancouver was shut down after someone tried to set fire to the building. Students and staff were evacuated from the campus in light of the frightening event. According to Vancouver police, the incident took place at Langara College on April 1st, 2019, just before noon. 

Many students also took to Reddit to share their thoughts on the situation. Several students were reporting that they smelt gas before the evacuation took place. 

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According to police, Vancouver PD were called to the school just before noon after they received a report of a suspicious fire on campus. Police have stated that a suspect allegedly entered the college with “improvised incendiary devices." In a news statement, police have said that at least two devices were detonated, which resulted in a fire. The suspect then fled the area shortly after. 

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Vancouver police quickly identified the man who was responsible and shared his information with other police agencies. He was arrested a few hours after the incident at around 4 PM on April 1st, 2019, in Surrey by Metro Vancouver Transit Police.

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Although the 23-year-old man remains in police custody, Langara College and its library remain closed today until further notice. 

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