Canada raised terrorism threat level days before attack on soldiers
A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter undergoes training by British soldiers at a shooting range in Arbil, in Iraq's northern autonomous Kurdistan region, October 16, 2014. British army trainers have begun teaching Kurdish Peshmerga fighters how to fire and maintain heavy machineguns, as part of their fight against Islamic State (IS) militants. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari)
Canada raised its domestic terrorism threat level from low to medium late last week, but there was no specific threat that triggered the change, a government spokesman says.
“The decision to raise the level is linked to an increase in general chatter from radical Islamist organizations like ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), al-Qaida, al-Shabab and others who pose a clear threat to Canadians,” Jason Tamming, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Stephen Blaney, told Sun News Network.
"This level means that intelligence has indicated that an individual or group within Canada or abroad has the intent and capability to commit an act of terrorism, and that the Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre assesses that a violent act of terrorism could occur."
The terror threat level was changed on Friday, just days before a radicalized Quebec man ran down two soldiers, killing one of them, outside an armed forces recruitment office in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que. The suspect, 25-year-old Martin Couture-Rouleau, was shot and killed by police.
Global News, which broke the story, said this is the first time the terror threat level has been raised since Aug. 13, 2010.