Canada raises terrorism threat level, cites chatter from radical groups

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada has raised its terrorism threat level to medium from low because of a rise in "general chatter" from radical groups such as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and Al-Qaeda, a government official said on Tuesday.

"This increase is not the result of a specific threat," said Mr Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney.

A suspected Canadian militant ran over two soldiers in Quebec on Monday, killing one of them.

Mr De Le Rue said the new terrorism threat level meant Canadian intelligence services had "indicated an individual or group within Canada or abroad has the intent and capability to commit an act of terrorism".