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FBI Tipped Off Canadian Police About Suspect Planning Imminent Attack


Canada's authorities said a man killed by police in southern Ontario was a supporter of the Islamic State (IS) militant group who planned a suicide bombing attack within 72 hours.

Officials with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sent them a video purporting to show a masked suspect saying he planned to detonate an explosive device in an urban center during rush hour.

The video, which was played at a news conference onAugust 11, shows the man reading verses from the Koran and referring to crimes against Muslims.

Police identified the suspect as Aaron Driver, a 24-year-old Muslim convert, living in the town of Strathroy, some 225 kilometers southwest of Toronto.

RCMP Commander Jennifer Strachan said Driver was intercepted by police as he entered a taxi with a backpack and said Driver detonated an explosive device, injuring himself and the taxi driver, before police shot at him.

It was unclear whether Driver died as a result of the shrapnel or a police bullet.

There was no indication that Driver had any accomplices in his plans, police said.

Meanwhile, the news agency used by Islamic State to distribute press releases and propaganda said Driver was a "soldier" of the group.

According to the SITE service, which monitors extremist websites and social media in multiple languages, the agency, known as Amaq, said: "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."

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and the BBC
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