OTTAWA (Reuters) – One of two Canadian soldiers run down by a car driven by a suspected extremist militant has died, police said on Tuesday, the first such incident in Canada since the country joined the fight against Islamic State militants.
A police spokesman said the soldier 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.
Quebec police shot and killed the 25-year-old driver after a chase following the incident on Monday.
The office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper later said the driver was known to federal authorities and there were clear indications he had become “radicalised”.
The Canadian government did not explain what it meant by radicalised, but it has used the term to refer to Canadians who supported militant groups.
The incident took place in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, around 40-km southeast of Montreal.
Canadian media, citing police sources, identified the driver as Martin Couture-Rouleau, a resident of the Quebec town.