Suicide bomb suspect dies in Canadian terror operation


A suicide bomb suspect has died in a Canadian police operation to thwart what they said was a planned attack.

A senior police official said Aaron Driver allegedly planned to use a bomb to carry out a suicide mission in a public area.

Police keep watch around a house in Strathroy, Ontario, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Canada's national police force says it has halted a possible terrorist threat, but it is providing few other details.
Police wait outside the house (Geoff Robins/The Canadian Press via AP)

The official said the suspect was originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and in his mid-20s. He was under a court order made earlier this year to not associate with any terrorist organisation, including the Islamic State group.

In February, Driver's lawyer and the prosecutor agreed to a peace bond stating there were "reasonable grounds to fear that he may participate, contribute directly or indirectly in the activity of a terrorist group".

In this Feb. 2, 2016, photo, Aaron Driver leaves the Law Courts in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Aaron Driver (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

The police operation continued well into Wednesday night in the southern Ontario town of Strathroy, about 140 miles south west of Toronto.

Irene Lee said police had been camped out near her parents' convenience store since about 4.15pm local time.

Police confer outside of a house in Strathroy, Ontario, Wednesday, August 10, 2016. A suspect is dead after Canada's national police force thwarted what an official said was a suicide bomb plot.
Up to 25 police vehicles were involved (Geoff Robins/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lee said she was at her home nearby when she heard a loud noise. She said shortly afterwards a police officer told residents to stay inside their homes.

She said there were up to 25 marked and unmarked police vehicles outside a home on a street behind her parents' store.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, speaks during a joint press conference with as his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe following their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
Justin Trudeau (Toru Yamanaka/AP)

Public safety minister Ralph Goodale said he had spoken to prime minister Justin Trudeau about the events "to confirm that public safety has been and continues to be properly protected".

The national terrorism threat level for Canada remains at "medium" where it has stood since the autumn of 2014, Goodale said.