Canada Is Amping Up National Security With Elite RCMP Officers After The Iran Crash
The officers are trained to deal with "high-risk firearms and counter-terrorism."
New reports from Ottawa have revealed that the city is adopting a higher security posture, following Justin Trudeau’s announcement that Wednesday’s plane crash was most likely caused by an Iranian missile. Elite tactical officers will soon be making their way into the city, providing additional national security to Canada’s capital.
According to Global News, Ottawa's Royal Canadian Mounted Police will be implementing higher security measures in the capital city, following on Thursday afternoon.
As a response, the RCMP is expected to be enrolling the help of elite tactical officers from the country’s Emergency Response Team, who will provide increased security and protection in Ottawa.
This security increase is believed to have come at the request of high-level Canadian authorities, who are reacting to the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
The decision follows the announcement from the Prime Minister on Thursday, who told reporters that thethat killed 63 Canadians was likely caused by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.
Initial reports suggest that the bump in Ottawa’s security does not currently reflect any anticipated attacks on Canada, but instead is an act of caution in response to recent events overseas.
The city’s additional security was revealed on the same day that Trudeau announced Canadian intelligence indicated that Flight PS752 was brought down by a missile, killing 176 passengers and crew on board.
the Prime Minister stated, "It is now more important than ever that we know exactly how such a tragedy could have happened."
“I want answers. That means closure. Transparency. Accountability. Justice. This government won't rest until we get that,” he told reporters.
While the Prime Minister admitted that the missile hit “may well have been unintentional,” it seems no risks are being taken when it comes to Canada’s national security.
The new officers from Canada’s Emergency Response Team will be trained to “deal with high-risk firearms and counter-terrorism calls” and can provide “VIP protection” to Justin Trudeau or other high-ranking officials.
Wednesday morning’s plane crash occurred just hours after Iran attacked two Iraqi bases that were housing U.S. troops.
The missiles were launched in response to a U.S. airstrike in Iraq last week which killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.