Islamic State says Canadian a ‘soldier’
Islamic State’s Amaq news agency says the 24-year-old Muslim convert killed during a Canadian police raid was a ‘soldier’ of Islamic State.
Aaron Driver was in the final stages of attacking a major urban centre with a homemade bomb when police raided his Ontario home on Wednesday.
‘The executor of the attack targeting police in Canada was a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls to target coalition countries,’ the SITE monitoring service quoted Amaq as saying on Thursday.
Officers raided the home after receiving credible information, including a ‘martyrdom video,’ from US authorities that he planned an attack, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.
Driver died after he detonated an explosive device in the backseat of a taxi as police closed in.