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Police have begun dismantling a “complex ecosystem” of alleged extortionists targeting the South Asian community in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, saying nearly 30 cases have been reported including at least nine shootings.

“It is absolutely our responsibility to make sure we respond, and end this trend,” Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah said on Wednesday while giving an update on the investigation into dozens of attacks and threats against South Asian businesses and residents.

“This not only affects businesses but their owners and families,” the chief said.

Duraiappah said investigators on PRP’s new Extortion Investigative Task Force (EITF) can “hear the fear” from residents who’ve been targeted by the scammers, with the number of reported extortions now up to 29 in Peel Region.

In one incident police say multiple gunshots were fired at a business near Rutherford Road South and Clark Boulevard in Brampton. One person was arrested in the …

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