A mysterious underground tunnel has been found near Toronto’s Rexall Center, a sports stadium that’s scheduled to host some events in the upcoming Pan American Games, Yahoo News is reporting.
The seven-meter (23 feet) -long, 2.5-meter (8.2 feet) -tall tunnel is described as “sophisticated,” with reinforced walls and ceilings. It had electricity supplied by a generator, and was artificially lit. Tools were found left inside.
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A Toronto city worker found the tunnel in January, according to The Telegraph, but Canadian authorities just disclosed the discovery of the tunnel this week. The worker was walking through a wooded area, near York University and the Rexall Center, and found a piece of corrugated metal on the ground. The worker lifted it up and found the tunnel.
Authorities have not yet disclosed the purpose of the tunnel. They’ve ruled out the tunnel being used as a meth lab or an underground marijuana grow operation – although how they reached those conclusions is unclear.
Given the tunnel’s proximity to a sports stadium where tens of thousands of people are likely to be gathered into one place, the tunnel raises questions about a possible terrorism link. Canada has seen two separate terrorist attacks in the last few months, carried out by radical Islamists apparently motivated by ISIS’ call for Jihadists in the West to carry out “lone wolf” attacks. Two attacks in Ottawa and Montreal left two unarmed soldiers dead.
Over the weekend, the al Qaeda-linked terrorist group al Shabaab warned of possible terrorist attacks at the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis, according to the Inquisitr, as well as Canada’s West Edmonton Mall. As of this post, no terrorist attacks have taken place in either the U.S. or Canada.
Toronto police have been asking around at gas stations near the tunnel if anyone has been spotted routinely filling up gas cans. Since the tunnel’s electricity was provided by gasoline-powered generators, whoever was behind it would need to fill up on gas in cans, The Washington Post reports.
Canadian officials will hold a news conference Tuesday to discuss the mystery tunnel.
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