TORONTO, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A Canadian Islamic State sympathizer suspected of planning a bombing was killed by police near Toronto Wednesday evening after a stand-off in his home, according to news reports.
Aaron Driver, 23, was suspected of plotting a suicide bombing of a major Canadian city, CTV News reported. Royal Canadian Mounted Police acted on information that Driver was about to launch the attack during rush hour, CTV News said.
“A suspect was identified and the proper course of action has been taken to ensure that there is no danger to the public’s safety,” the RCMP said in a statement on Wednesday.
Police told Driver’s family that he was shot after detonating an explosive device in his home that injured himself and a second person. He was about to detonate another device when police shot him, the Canadian Broadcasting Company reported.
Driver was arrested in June 2015 for posting a link to a guide for potential jihadists trying to reach Syria, and was living under the condition of a peace bond, which required him to acknowledge there were “reasonable grounds to fear that he may participate, contribute — directly or indirectly — in the activity of a terrorist group.”