RCMP are expected to hold a news conference Thursday to give more information about a takedown that resulted in the death of a man in Strathroy suspected of an alleged terrorist plot.
Police say the man killed during a confrontation with RCMP officers in Strathroy has been identified as Aaron Driver.
RCMP officers alongside Strathroy Police and members of the OPP surrounded a home on Park Street in Strathroy. A perimeter was set up and police advised residents to stay indoors. Shortly after 10 p.m., police asked residents in buildings and houses inside the secure perimeter to leave their homes.
It’s expected they’ll be allowed to return to their homes around noon Thursday.
Around 12:30 a.m., a body bag could be seen being loaded into a vehicle at the scene.
The RCMP launched an investigation Wednesday after receiving ‘credible information’ of a potential terrorist threat to Canada.
“A suspect was identified and the proper course of action has been taken to ensure that there is no danger to the public’s safety,” RCMP said in a statement early Wednesday evening.
“The safety and security of Canadians is of the utmost importance to the RCMP and we take all such threats seriously.”
The RCMP haven’t said what city was the alleged target.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has spoken to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the events. The RCMP say because the matter is still unfolding and the investigation remains underway, they would not be issuing any further comment Wednesday.
Goodale said Canada’s national terrorism threat level remains at “medium,” where it has been since the fall of 2014.
The 24-year-old man moved from Winnipeg to Strathroy as a condition of a peace bond which was applied after he was arrested after being accused of supporting ISIS.
Driver posted messages on social media that praised terrorist activities, including the attack on Parliament Hill by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.
There are reports Driver planned to carry out a suicide mission with an explosive device in a crowded public place, but the location is not known.
A heavy London Police presence was seen at Wilfrid Jury Public School on Lawson Road but police haven’t released any information about why they were there. Police were not on scene Thursday morning.