A Quebecer shot dead by police after running down two Canadian soldiers told a 911 operator he was acting in the name of Allah…
The Prime Minister’s Office says the dead suspect, identified as Martin Couture-Rouleau, had become “radicalized.”
Two police sources [said] that the incident just after 11:30 a.m. was a possible terrorist attack against the unidentified soldiers, one of whom was in critical condition. Police gunned down Couture-Rouleau, 25, in his hometown of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, 30 minutes south of Montreal on Monday morning.
He charged at the officers wielding a big knife with a curved handle, witnesses claim. Police fired seven bullets to stop him.
Authorities had had their eye on the man since last year, they say.
The Montreal Gazette reports that
Couture-Rouleau became known to the RCMP after a relative alerted police to the man’s terrorist leanings… Couture-Rouleau had grown out his beard and started wearing a turban after converting to Islam a year ago. It appears that the suspect posted jihadist propaganda to the Internet under the name Ahmad Rouleau.
On Couture-Rouleau’s Facebook page, where he identified himself as Ahmad Rouleau, the man had posted dozens of images and comments in English and French about hell and betrayal since creating the account in May 2013. His comments included: “Let not believers take disbelievers as allies rather than believers. And whoever does that has nothing with Allah.”
Another post, dated April 14 of this year, began: “Allah has promised the hypocrite men and hypocrite women and the disbelievers the fire of Hell, wherein they will abide eternally.”
Canada recently agreed to send six fighter jets to take part in the West’s military campaign against ISIS terrorists in Iraq, but it isn’t yet known if that was the motive for Couture-Rouleau’s attack.