Police investigating stolen car revealed by low tide at Kitsilano Beach

A mysterious sight appeared at Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach on Thursday afternoon when the low tide revealed a stolen truck in the water.


According to Vancouver police, the tide pulled back on Thursday and revealed an unoccupied, stolen pick-up truck in the water.

Const. Jason Doucette said police were on the beach at 12:30 p.m. after a passerby spotted tire marks in the sand leading into the water at Kitsilano Beach, near the basketball courts.

“Officers were able to determine the truck was unoccupied and had been reported stolen early this morning,” Doucette said in a news release.


Police are now working with the Vancouver park board and the Coast Guard to safely retrieve the vehicle from the water.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or how it came to be in the water is asked to contact investigators at 604-717-3321 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Police investigate stolen car at Kitsilano Beach revealed by low tide

Fears of Islamic Fundamentalism in Mozambique…

What’s left of the Nanduadua mosque lies deep within a labyrinth of alleyways in Mocimboa da Praia, a port town in Mozambique’s far north.

A handful of veiled women hurry past the one-time place of worship, which is now reduced to rubble.

“It was the mosque of criminals,” local resident Ussene Amisse told AFP. “The mosque of those with hearts of stone.”

The Mozambique government ordered it to be levelled in October after a bloody attack blamed on radicalized Muslim youth who allegedly worshipped at the mosque.

The apparent extremist attack — the first of its type in the country — sent a shockwave through Mozambique, which emerged from its long civil war in 1992.

The strike targeted a nearby police and military post, leaving two officers and 14 attackers dead.

A number of subsequent armed incidents and kidnappings followed, fuelled by long-suppressed frustrations in the majority-Muslim northern region.

‘Taken by surprise’

The initial bloodshed happened in the small hours of October 5. “We heard shouting and gunfire,” recalls local man Juma Tuaibo.

“We quickly understood that the youth from the mosque were behind the incidents. We fled to seek refuge in a nearby village.”

Dozens of armed men, known locally as “al-Shabaab” — Arabic for “youth” though with no confirmed link to the Somali militantt group of the same name — stormed the police station, the fire station and a forest ranger post.

In a matter of hours, they had taken control of the town. “We were taken by surprise,” a local official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“It took us two days of fighting and the deployment of reinforcements to chase them out of town.”

Authorities were initially hesitant about identifying their new enemy, referring vaguely to a group seeking to “upset the established order”. The attackers had nothing to do with Al-Shabaab, officials insist.

In the following weeks, at least 300 Muslims were arrested and several mosques forced to close.

President Filipe Nyusi also fired the heads of the army and the intelligence agencies, blaming them for having missed the warning signs.

An emerging threat

But in Mocimboa, the emergence of a radical faction in the Muslim community was widely known. “It started three years ago. Fifty or so young people from the town said that we weren’t true Muslims,” said Ussene Amisse, a teacher at a Koranic school.

“Some of them learnt these things in Somalia. It was when they returned that they started to cause problems.”

Radicalized men told their followers not to send their children to school, not to vote and to disobey the authorities.

“They followed the example of fundamentalists in other countries,” sighs Amadi Mboni, one of the town’s religious leaders.

“We knew, we informed our authorities of the danger — but we weren’t able to prevent some of our children and grandchildren from joining them.”

According to official statistics, 17 percent of Mozambicans are Muslim but Islamic leaders say the real figure could be double. In Mocimboa, more than half of the population is Muslim.