MONTREAL - One of two Canadian soldiers hit by a car in an apparent terrorist attack has died of his injuries. Quebec provincial police said he died early Tuesday. The soldier's name was not released at the request of the family. The other soldier's injuries were described as less serious.
The suspect was shot by police, and later died, after he struck the two members of the Canadian military with his car in a city near Montreal. Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman David Falls said Monday that the suspect "was known to Federal authorities" and "authorities were concerned that he had become radicalized."
Quebec provincial police Lt. Michel Brunet said earlier that police ended up shooting the man after a car chase in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, about 26 miles (42 kilometers) southeast of Montreal. After the man hit the two soldiers, he fled the scene in his vehicle, triggering a police chase that ended with the man losing control and his car rolling over several times.
Brunet said the man exited the car and was shot. Brunet said they found a knife on the ground but he could not say if the suspect had it in his hand when police fired their weapons. Television images showed a large knife in the grass near the flipped-over car. Brunet said he didn't know if the soldiers were wearing uniforms at the time they were struck.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was briefed about the incident by the head of Canada's national police force, the head of the military and his national security adviser. "First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families; we're closely monitoring the situation and obviously we will make available all of the resources of the federal government," Harper said.
- The Associated Press