SWAT teams shot dead a 23-year-old would-be Islamic State suicide bomber in a Wednesday night raid in Ontario, Canada.
Aaron Driver was a notorious ISIS sympathizer who was planning a mass suicide attack in a public area during rush hour. Police raided Driver’s home after he released a video online vowing a “major attack” on a Canadian city.
Neighbors told Canadian media explosions and gunshots were heard throughout the night, fearing Driver may have booby trapped his home. Driver reportedly planned to use improvised explosive devices in his suicide attack, and may have followed manuals included in ISIS’s propaganda online.
Driver was arrested last year for openly sympathizing with ISIS online, and frequenting jihadi message boards. Driver was not charged with a crime, but instead released on a peace bond, on the condition he could not associate with any terrorist organization online.
At the time authorities, admitted they had “reasonable grounds to fear that he may participate, contribute directly or indirectly in the activity of a terrorist group.” Driver reportedly called for attacks on Canadian police online and praised previous jihadi attempts to strike Canadian soil.
Driver converted to Islam at age 17, and told the Toronto Sun last year he dreamed of living under Shariah law and joining ISIS. Security advisory firm The Soufan Group believes Canada has nearly 130 fighters in Iraq and Syria fighting for ISIS.
In early June, reports emerged that the head of ISIS’s affiliate chapter in Bangladesh is headed by a Canadian citizen. The affiliate carried out a mass attack on a cafe in Dhaka that killed nearly 20, and has systematically targeted priests of non-Islamic faiths.
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