A man who struck two Canadian soldiers with his car before he was shot dead by police had been “radicalised” and was known to security officials, Canada’s prime minister has said.
The 25-year-old, identified in local media as Martin Couture Rouleau, was killed by officers at St-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec after a car chase.
PM Stephen Harper said authorities “confirmed” he had been “radicalised”.
One of the troops was seriously hurt, the other had minor injuries.
An official familiar with the case told the Associated Press that Rouleau had been influenced by radical Islamists.
On Monday, Rouleau ran down the two members of the military in a car park near a Canadian military office, police told local media. It was not immediately clear whether the soldiers were in uniform.
He fled and was chased by police at high speed for about 4km (2.5 miles), until the car drove off the road and rolled over several times.
He then left the car and police opened fire, the Montreal Gazette reported. The shooting took place at St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, about 42km (26 miles) southeast of Montreal.
Rouleau was taken to hospital where he died some hours later.
Television pictures showed a large knife on the ground near the crashed car.
“The individual who struck the two [Canadian Armed Forces] members with his car is known to federal authorities, including the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team,” Mr Harper’s office said in a written statement on Monday evening. “Federal authorities have confirmed that there are clear indications that the individual had become radicalised.”
Police and Mr Harper’s office did not give further details.