Canada Soldier Killed in Terror Attack 10/21 06:48
One of two Canadian soldiers hit by a car in an apparent terrorist attack
has died of his injuries.
MONTREAL (AP) -- One of two Canadian soldiers hit by a car in an apparent
terrorist attack has died of his injuries.
Quebec provincial police said he died early Tuesday. The soldier's name was
not released at the request of the family. The other soldier's injuries were
described as less serious.
The suspect was shot by police, and later died, after he struck the two
members of the Canadian military with his car in a city near Montreal.
An official familiar with the case identified the suspect as Martin Couture
Rouleau, 25, of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, and said he was influenced by
radical Islamists. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was
not authorized to speak publicly about the case.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman David Falls said Monday that the
suspect "was known to Federal authorities" and "authorities were concerned that
he had become radicalized."
One neighbor told reporters that Rouleau stopped wearing jeans and started
wearing a tunic and that he had changed over the past year and was alone a lot.
Another neighbor said Rouleau converted to Islam a little over a year ago.
A Quebec business database shows Rouleau started a water-pressure cleaning
company in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu in 2012 with two other people.
Police declined to provide details, citing the investigation.
Quebec police shot the man after two Canadian Forces members were struck by
the motorist on Monday in a mall parking lot near Montreal. The suspect died a
few hours after being shot.
Quebec provincial police Lt. Michel Brunet said earlier that police ended up
shooting the man after a car chase in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, about 26 miles
(42 kilometers) southeast of Montreal. After the man hit the two soldiers, he
fled the scene in his vehicle, triggering a police chase that ended with the
man losing control and his car rolling over several times.
Brunet said the man exited the car and was shot. Brunet said they found a
knife on the ground but he could not say if the suspect had it in his hand when
police fired their weapons. Television images showed a large knife in the grass
near the flipped-over car.
Brunet said he didn't know if the soldiers were wearing uniforms at the time
they were struck.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was briefed about the incident by the
head of Canada's national police force, the head of the military and his
national security adviser.
Harper said earlier Monday in Parliament that he was aware of the reports
and called them "extremely troubling."
"First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their
families; we're closely monitoring the situation and obviously we will make
available all of the resources of the federal government," Harper said.
The case is similar to one in London last year in which an al-Qaida-inspired
extremist and another man ran over a soldier with a car before hacking the
off-duty soldier to death. Images of Michael Adebolajo, 29, holding a butcher
knife and cleaver with bloodied hands in the moments after the May 2013 killing
of Fusilier Lee Rigby shocked people around the world and sparked fears of
Islamist terrorism in Britain.
The Islamic State group has urged supporters to carry out attacks against
Western countries, including Canada, that are participating in the U.S.-led
coalition fighting the militants who have taken over large swaths of territory
in Iraq and Syria. It was not known whether the suspect in the Quebec attack
had any ties to Islamic militant groups.