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Terror charge laid against suspect in fatal hammer attack of Scarborough woman

Last Updated Feb 25, 2020 at 4:23 pm EDT

A man charged with murder after a fatal hammer attack in Scarborough last week is now facing a terror-related charge.

Police tell CityNews evidence discovered over the weekend led investigators to believe the attack was a terror-related offence.

Saad Akhtar, 30, of Scarborough was initially charged with second-degree murder after he turned himself in to police. The charge was upgraded Tuesday morning to first-degree murder including terrorist activity.

Police say a woman was walking eastbound along Sheppard Avenue East near Markham Road when she was attacked by a man with a hammer around 7:15 p.m. Friday night.

When police arrived, the victim was pronounced dead on the scene.

She’s been identified as 64-year-old Hang-Kam Annie Chiu of Scarborough.

The RCMP say they believe the attack is an isolated incident and there is no further known threat associated with the accused.