Canada police kill 'radicalized' driver after he rams two soldiers

Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:19pm EDT
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By David Ljunggren and Allison Lampert

OTTAWA/MONTREAL (Reuters) - A Canadian man who was killed by police on Monday after trying to run over two soldiers in Quebec "had become radicalized," the government said after the first such incident in Canada since the country joined the fight against Islamic State militants.

The Canadian government did not specify what it meant by radicalized but in the past has used the term to refer to Canadians who become supporters of militant Islamic groups.

Canadian media, citing police, identified the driver as Martin Couture-Rouleau, a resident of the town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, near Montreal.

A neighbor, speaking on condition that her name not be used, told Reuters the man became radicalized about a year ago after getting involved with extremist Muslims.

Quebec police shot and killed the 25-year-old driver after a chase following the incident. One of the two soldiers who was run over had life-threatening injuries. Police did not say whether the soldiers were in uniform.

"The individual who struck the two (Canadian Armed Forces) members with his car is known to federal authorities, including the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team," said a statement from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office.

"Federal authorities have confirmed that there are clear indications that the individual had become radicalized."

The incident took place in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, around 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Montreal.   Continued...

A Surete du Quebec (SQ) officer investigates an overturned vehicle in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec October 20, 2014. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi