A brutal hit-and-run attack against Canadian soldiers in St. Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec has raised fears that the Islamic State has perpetrated their first terrorist attack on North American soil. The assault occurred on Monday, in the parking lot of a strip mall which houses an office of the Department of National Defence. It was in this office that the assailant made an “extremist threat” before killing one victim and injuring another. The threat included a nod to ISIS.
The suspect, Martin Rouleau, was apprehended by St. Jean police after fleeing the scene and flipping his vehicle into a ditch. Upon tracking him down, officers opened fire on Rouleau, hitting him five times. He died the same afternoon from the gun shot wounds.
In keeping with recent attacks by Islamic militants, Rouleau wielded a knife against his victims. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued a statement indicating they had evidence that Rouleau had been “radicalized,” but declined to elaborate further. Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged to “make available all of the resources of the federal government” to investigate the “extremely troubling” attack.
The Islamic State has been successful at recruiting followers from around the globe through propaganda they release via social media. It appears as though they have a following in Canada, as suggested by Rouleau’s crime.
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H/T: Conservative Tribune