Canadian terrorist said: ‘I did it for Allah’
A Quebecer shot dead by police after running down two Canadian soldiers yesterday told a 911 operator he was acting in the name of Allah.
According to this report, the Prime Minister’s Office says the dead suspect, identified as Martin Couture-Rouleau, had become “radicalized.”
Police gunned down Couture-Rouleau, 25, in his hometown of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, 30 minutes south of Montreal after he mowed down a uniformed and a plainclothes soldier in the parking lot of an auto-insurance outlet. One of the injured men has died.
A source said that Couture-Rouleau, who reportedy converted to Islam recently, called 911 during the chase to say that he carried out his acts in the name of Allah.
Canada’s federal public safety minister, Steven Blaney, told reporters today that the man was:
Clearly linked to terrorist ideology.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the attack left him “troubled”. His office says the dead suspect was:
Known to federal authorities, including the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team. Federal authorities have confirmed that there are clear indications that the individual had become radicalized. As Canada’s national security agencies have said, Canadians should remain vigilant.
Couture-Rouleau became known to the authorities after a relative alerted police to the man’s terrorist leanings.
In this video, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson, above, said he was among 90 people being monitored in an attempt to identify people who may commit a criminal act while “travelling abroad for terrorist purposes”.
Paulson also said Couture-Rouleau’s passport had been seized by RCMP during its investigation; a source confirmed he had been trying to travel to Syria.
A neighbor said the dead man had grown out his beard and started wearing keffiyeh after converting to Islam a year ago.
It appears that the suspect posted jihadist propaganda to the Internet under the name Ahmad Rouleau. A Facebook page under the name Ahmad Rouleau, created in May 2013, included a number of verses from the Koran.
The police chase ended when the terror suspect lost control of his his car, which came to rest on its roof at the bottom of a ditch.
Couture-Rouleau allegedly crawled out a window with a long knife and an eyewitness said the man charged at a woman police officer.
I heard them (police) shout several times, ‘Get out of the car, get out of the car and raise your hands’. The man got out and charged towards the policewoman. Then that’s when we heard seven gunshots, then the man was on the ground.
Another eyewitness said the suspect put his hands up at first, then “charged like a bull” towards the policewoman before seven or eight gunshots rang out.
A knife could be seen stuck in the grass near the flipped car. A curved, ornamental handle protruded into the air.
One witness said police put down a spike belt during the chase but she wasn’t sure whether the suspect crashed after running over it or trying to avoid it.
The soldiers were hit less than 3 km from the French-language Royal Military College Saint-Jean.