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Attack on Canadian soldiers 'linked to terrorist ideology': official

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 00:39

The fatal attack on two Canadian soldiers by a suspected Islamic militant ''is clearly linked to terrorist ideology,'' Canada's Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney says. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The fatal attack on a Canadian soldier by a suspected Islamic militant "is clearly linked to terrorist ideology," federal Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney told reporters on Tuesday. The suspect, who officials say had become radicalized, deliberately ran over two soldiers in the Quebec town of Saint-Jean-sue-Richelieu on Monday and was shot dead by police shortly afterward. A police spokesman said one of the soldiers died late on Monday. His name, age or rank were not released. The soldier was one of two walking near a Quebec strip mall when they were run down by the car on Monday morning. Quebec police said the 25-year-old driver was shot and killed after a chase following the incident. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office said the man was known to federal authorities, and that there were clear indications he had become "radicalized." The government has used the term to refer to Canadians who supported militant Islamic groups. Canadian media, citing police sources, identified the driver as Martin Couture-Rouleau, a resident of the Quebec town, and said he had a Facebook page under the name of Ahmad Rouleau. Reuters was unable to verify the identity of the driver. A neighbor, speaking on condition that her name not be used, told Reuters that Rouleau became radicalized about a year ago after getting involved with extremist Muslims.

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Attack on Canadian soldiers 'linked to terrorist ideology': official

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 00:39