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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – October 21, 2014

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Saint Jean Attack: What’s Government Saying (2)

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This from the Minister of Defence ….

“It was with tremendous sorrow that I learned of the death of a Canadian Armed Forces member who succumbed to his injuries after being the victim of a hit-and-run yesterday in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

“Our thoughts are with the member’s family, friends and colleagues, and we will do whatever we can to provide assistance in their time of need. Another CAF member, injured in the same tragedy, remains in hospital. We wish him a full and fast recovery as we extend our support to the member and his family.

“We are aware that the suspect was known to police and federal authorities although the circumstances remain under investigation.

“The Canadian Armed Forces has contributed greatly to the safety and security of those at home and abroad  and has provided the hope of a better future to those who have known horror and death. Our CAF members represent the best of Canada, and to have one die in a senseless act such as this only strengthens our resolve. We will not forget.”

…. and this from the Chief of Defence Staff:

“Yesterday, two members of the Canadian Armed Forces were injured in a hit-and-run incident in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. One member later died in hospital.

“Our hearts go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the member and the Canadian Armed Forces are supporting them in their time of grief. We wish our injured colleague a speedy recovery, and we offer our unwavering support to his family as he recuperates.

“The suspect fled the scene of the incident and was pursued by police. This pursuit ended in the death of the suspect. There has been speculation that this hit-and-run may have been a possible terror attack directed at our members. Police are investigating this incident and will make a determination once their investigation is concluded.

“The safety and well-being of Canadian Armed Forces members is a primary concern. Security measures are in place at every Canadian Armed Forces installation across Canada. We continually adapt these measures to meet the demands of an evolving security environment, and we will remain vigilant against possible threats.”

Meanwhile, Quebec police and media reports confirm the identity of the soldier killed in the attack:  53-year-old Patrice Vincent of 438 Squadron, St. Hubert.

Condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the fallen, and hopes for a full and speedy recovery for the wounded.


 

Written by milnewsca

21 October 14 at 13:41

Saint-Jean Attack: What Government’s Saying (1)

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First, there was the PM’s statement in the House of Commons in response to a question from a Tory MP about an “unconfirmed reports of a possible terror attack against two members of the Canadian Armed Forces near Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu”:

Mr. Speaker, we are aware of these reports and they are obviously extremely troubling. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We are closely monitoring the situation, and we will make available all of the resources of the federal government.  Once again, we are aware of these very troubling reports. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We are keeping a close eye on the situation and will make all of the federal government’s resources available.

Then, today’s statement from the PMO on the death of the one soldier:

“I learned with shock and sadness yesterday that two Canadian Armed Forces members from Canadian Forces Base Saint-Jean Garrison were hit by a man who, according to our national security services, had become radicalized.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the CAF member who succumbed to injuries caused by this vicious event.  We also offer our prayers for the recovery of the member who was injured. I would also like to thank first responders on the scene for their efforts.

“Finally, I want to express that the authorities can count on our full support in order to get to the bottom of this terrible act.”

Next, we hear from Public Safety Minister Stephen Blaney, via The Canadian Press:

“Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney says Canada is taking terrorist threats seriously after a car struck two soldiers in Quebec, resulting in one of them dying.

“What took place yesterday is clearly linked to terrorist ideology,” Blaney told a news conference in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on Tuesday.

He said he was “horrified and saddened” by Monday’s attack in the town southeast of Montreal that is home to a military college and a garrison.

Blaney said that as far as he knows no order has been given to members of the Canadian Forces to not wear their fatigues in public.

He offered his condolences to the family of the dead soldier and wished the other one a speedy recovery ….”

More from Blaney here and here.

No word, as of this post, from the military, Minister or CDS.


 

 

 

Written by milnewsca

21 October 14 at 12:18

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Saint-Jean Attack: The top 5 “what we know’s” ….

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…. from the Toronto Star:

1. Martin Rouleau, 25, rammed two soldiers with his Nissan Altima in the parking lot outside the Integrated Personnel Support Centre in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu south of Montreal One died Tuesday of his injuries. The other has minor injuries.

2. Police shot and killed Martin Rouleau, 25, of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, after Rouleau’s car flipped during a police chase about four kilometres from the town.

3. Rouleau “was known to authorities” and “authorities were concerned that he had become radicalized,” RCMP spokesman David Falls said.

4. Friends told the Star’s Allan Woods he became obsessed with practising Islam and reading news from the Middle East after he said his industrial cleaning company had been robbed about 18 months ago and he felt police failed to investigate.

5. Rouleau’s Twitter account followed what Allan Woods characterizes as “a number of ISIS-related users whose focus is the attempt to establish an Islamic caliphate in Syria and Iraq.” The Canadian fighter jets and support planes being sent to Iraq to join a coalition launching airstrikes against the Islamic State are scheduled to start leaving Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake today.

For what it’s worth, while Rouleau’s Twitter account still appears to be online (with no posts from him), here’s a public feed based on the list of who Roleau was following.


 

Written by milnewsca

21 October 14 at 10:22

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Saint-Jean Attack Update: More on the Attacker

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According to some French media accounts (here and here) ….

  • Neighbours speaking to reporters say Martin Rouleau (a.k.a. Ahmad Rouleau) “had grown a beard and wore a turban and djellaba regularly.”
  • Rouleau’s parents appear to have contacted police about their son’s behaviour, specifically because “he wanted to go and join the fighters of the Islamic state, a terrorist group that Canada has agreed to fight in Syria and Iraq”.
  • Authorities reportedly took away Rouleau’s passport.
  • “During the short pursuit that followed, the suspect may have contacted 911 indicating that it was “in the name of Allah.” “
  • “He also attended the mosque of the Muslim Association of Haut-Richelieu in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Montérégie.  VAT News was able to speak with a member of this place of worship has condemned the action of Mr. Rouleau Couture.  “He came back, but it’s long since we had not seen. I did not see any change in his character, “said the volunteer.  “We were discussing Islam. I’ve never asked him questions about his conversion.”  Asked about the events of the day, the man said that it gave a “bad image” of Islam.  “…. I did not think he would do that, “he said.”\

For more, here’s Ahmad Rouleau’s Facebook page, Ahmad Rouleau’s Twitter feed ( with who he was following on Twitter) and his Uumaland (“Social Network for Muslims”) profile  (while they’re all still online).


Written by milnewsca

21 October 14 at 7:55

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“Soldier struck in Quebec has died: police”

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This from CTV News:

One of the two soldiers struck by a car in Quebec died late Monday in hospital, police confirmed Tuesday morning.

The soldier’s identity and age have yet to be released. However, the soldier was one of two Canadian Forces members who was struck by a car in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu in what is being described as a possible terror attack, CTV’s Montreal Bureau Chief Genevieve Beauchemin reported early Tuesday ….

Condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the victim.

More news here and here.

Written by milnewsca

21 October 14 at 6:40

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – October 20, 2014

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Soldiers Struck by Car in Saint-Jean

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20 October 14 at 21:09

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