Ayanle Hassan Ali, the man facing nine charges after two members of Canada's military were stabbed at a recruitment centre in Toronto on Monday, will return to court on Thursday after making a brief court appearance Friday. 

Ali, a 27-year-old born in Montreal, has been in custody since his arrest Monday. He had a brief court appearance to discuss bail this morning, which has been put over until March 24.

Ali faces:

  • Three charges of attempted murder.
  • Two charges of aggravated assault.
  • Three charges of assault with a weapon.
  • One count of carrying a weapon dangerous to the public.

Ali's lawyer David Burke spoke briefly to reporters outside the courthouse this morning and said his client is "holding up under the pressure considering the circumstance."

Police have said that during the attack, the accused said "Allah told me to do this, Allah told me to come here and kill people."

The attack took place at the Joseph Shepard Building at 4900 Yonge St., which is located just north of Sheppard Avenue in the northern part of the city. The building also houses Passport Canada and Service Canada offices.

Police say a man walked past a master corporal stationed at the door of the centre on Monday afternoon and then stabbed him when he tried to stop him. Authorities say he then stabbed a second military member who tried to apprehend him. 

The two victims were treated in hospital and released. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

A Canadian Armed Forces spokesperson said Tuesday that it's "business at usual" at the office where the attack took place.

Members of Canada's Muslim community have denounced the incident as a "hateful act of violence." 

Toronto stabbing suspect

Montreal-born Ayanle Hassan Ali, 27, is charged with stabbing and wounding two uniformed soldiers at a north Toronto military recruitment centre on Monday. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)