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Shot Canadian ‘planned immediate attack’

Shot Canadian ‘planned immediate attack’

A man killed by police in the Canadian province of Ontario planned an attack within 72 hours, police said. Utv Pakistan Report

The FBI sent police a video appearing to show a person preparing for an attack, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Police quickly identified the suspect as Aaron Driver, 24, and apprehended him in a taxi in Strathroy.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) block the entrance to Park Street as they investigate the residence of Aaron Driver, a Canadian man killed by police on WednesdayDriver, who was known to authorities for supporting the so-called Islamic State (IS), was killed by police.

Mike Cabana, RCMP deputy commissioner, said the FBI alerted Canadian authorities early on Wednesday about an “unknown individual that was clearly in the final stages of planning a attack using a homemade explosive device” in Canada.

“Obviously it was a race against time,” Mr Cabana said.

“How quickly this was all established is actually a testament to the level of collaboration that exists between law enforcement agencies”.

The FBI said in a statement that the information provided to Canadian police was “actionable threat intelligence” and that the governments of Canada and the United States work closely to prevent violent attacks.

The tip included a “martyrdom” video purporting to show a masked suspect, later

identified as Driver, saying he planned to detonate an explosive device in an urban centre during morning or afternoon rush hour.

Mr Cabana said it is still too early to say how the FBI obtained the video of Driver.

Police played the video at a news conference, showing a masked man denouncing Western “enemies of Islam,” making reference to the attacks in Paris and Brussels and pledging his support to IS.

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