Monday, two Canadian soldiers were ran down, and one killed, by a car driven by a radicalized militant. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney labelled the attack a “terrible act of violence against our country.”
However, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said earlier that Martin Couture Rouleau, 25, is one of 90 militants being tracked by authorities. Harper says Rouleau was a “radicalized” Islamic convert with intentions of joining fights abroad, according to reports.
Apparently there are many such kindred militant ideological converts in Canada. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson said authorities had been tracking the group of about 90 — including Rouleau — “because they may intend to go abroad to join militant groups.”
Rouleau ran down down the soldiers in a parking lot at a Canadian military office, according to police. “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,” Mr Harper’s office said in a written statement on Monday evening. According to the statement, Federal authorities have confirmed the individual had become radicalized.
Rouleau met his own death shortly after hitting the soldiers with his car and speeding away. The suspect rolled his automobile and police shot him to death after he brandished a knife at police at St-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec about 2 ½ miles from the initial crime scene. One witness said the man had “grown out his beard and begun wearing loose-fitting Muslim clothing,” according to a BBC report.
Family members asked that the deceased soldier’s identity not be released. The radicalized Islamist died at a nearby hospital shortly after being shot and apprehended. Authorities had already seized the suspect’s passport prior to the killing.