Canada police kill suspect after receiving 'terrorist threat' tip: TV

Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:03am EDT
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By Julie Gordon

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canadian police killed a man on Wednesday, national television news channels reported, after the police said they had identified a suspect after receiving "credible information of a potential terrorist threat".

The suspect was killed during a police raid in a small Ontario town, CTV News and CBC News reported.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement they had identified a suspect in a national security threat and taken action to ensure the safety of the public. No further details were provided.

Intelligence sources told Reuters that the suspect was Aaron Driver, who was arrested last year for openly supporting the Islamic State militant group on social media. The sources declined to be identified because they did not have permission to speak to the media.

The sources said Driver, who also uses the alias Harun Abdurahman, lives in Strathroy, Ontario, a small community some 225 km (140 miles) southwest of Toronto.

Driver's death was not yet officially confirmed and his lawyer was not immediately available for comment.

Reports on Twitter late on Wednesday said police had raided a home in Strathroy in relation to the RCMP threat incident. Reporters on the scene later tweeted that the coroner had arrived and a body bag had been loaded into an official vehicle.

The London Free Press newspaper, citing family members, reported that Driver was shot by police after he detonated a device, wounding himself and another person. There was no immediate confirmation of that report.   Continued...

Police raid a home after they received "credible information of a potential terrorist threat" at a small community some 225 km (140 miles) southwest of Toronto in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada August 10, 2016.  REUTERS/Stringer