Canadian police shoot dead alleged terrorist with bomb

A Canadian man was killed by police after he allegedly professed support for Islamic State and had indicated he planned an imminent attack on a major Canadian city.
A video of Aaron Driver, a Canadian man killed by police on Aug 11, who had indicated he planned to carry out an imminent rush-hour attack on a major Canadian city, is projected on a screen during a news conference at the Royal Canadian Mounted Polic
A video of Aaron Driver, a Canadian man killed by police on Aug 11, who had indicated he planned to carry out an imminent rush-hour attack on a major Canadian city, is projected on a screen during a news conference at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Aug 11. PHOTO: REUTERS

OTTAWA • Canadian police shot dead an alleged Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) sympathiser armed with an explosive device, media reports said, as police confirmed they thwarted a "potential terror threat".

There was no immediate confirmation from Canada's federal police that anyone had been shot, with a statement saying only that a suspect had been identified and that they had taken "action".

"Earlier today, the RCMP received credible information of a potential terrorist threat. A suspect was identified and the proper course of action has been taken to ensure that there is no danger to the public's safety," the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement.

Media reports said the suspect was 24-year-old Aaron Driver and said he was shot dead during a police raid in Strathroy, a residential area in southern Ontario, which lies about 220km south-west of Toronto. Intelligence sources told Reuters the suspect had also used the alias Harun Abdurahman.

According to a relative who spoke to Canadian broadcaster CBC, police informed the family that Driver was shot dead after detonating an explosive device, injuring himself and one other person, whose condition was unclear.The RCMP said an investigation was under way.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 12, 2016, with the headline 'Canadian police shoot dead alleged terrorist with bomb'. Print Edition | Subscribe