Aaron Driver, a 24-year-old man under a peace bond for being an ISIS sympathizer, was killed by police Wednesday night by police in the small southern Ontario town of Strathroy. Police said they were responding to “a potential terrorist threat”.
Driver’s family was informed by the RCMP that he was shot by police after he detonated a device that wounded him and one other person.
An RCMP statement said, “The RCMP received credible information of a potential terrorist threat. 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. As this is still an unfolding matter and that the investigation is still underway, we are not able to provide further comment at this time.”
Driver caught CSIS’s attention in October 2014 when he was tweeting support for the militant group ISIS under the alias Harun Abdurahman. He had also said the Parliament Hill attack by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was justified.
By June 2015, authorities were concerned he would become involved in planning terrorist activity. He was arrested and released on numerous bail conditions eight days later. He was required to undergo religious counseling, stay away from social media and wear an electronic monitoring device.
In February 2016, Driver agreed to a peace bond to limit his activities although he wasn’t facing criminal charges. The peace bond meant that Driver could take off the GPS monitoring bracelet and didn’t have to get religious counseling, but there were many other conditions. He was to continue living in Ontario (as a specified Strathroy address), required written permission to own any cellphones, computers or mobile devices and had to stay off social media websites until the end of August.
In Strathroy, homes on either side of the suspect’s house were evacuated Wednesday night and other neighbours were told to stay inside. – CINEWS