Oct 21, 2014
By Jane Brown
One of the two Canadian soldiers struck by a man in a car southeast of Montreal yesterday has died of his injuries. Quebec Provincial Police have confirmed the Canadian Forces member died this morning but have not yet released a name or gender.
A motorist believed to be Martin Rouleau of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec was shot and killed after he struck two members of the Canadian Forces with his car in the parking lot outside the Integrated Personnel Support Centre. It’s one of several offices run by Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defence.
Friends of 25 year old Rouleau say he converted to Islam and began distancing himself. They say Rouleau was stopped by border authorities this past summer trying to leave Canada to fight abroad with the Islamic State terrorists.
The driver of the car also used the name Achmed Rouleau. A Twitter account under that name features the Islamic State banner. A propaganda video produced by the terrorist group encourages followers to use their cars to run over people in their home countries, including Canada.
In the Commons, an MP cited the incident as a possible terror attack. Provincial police Lieutenant Michel Brunet says the 25-year-old man was known to authorities. The Prime Minister’s Office and the Mounties say the suspect was known to authorities and had become “radicalized.”