On Wednesday evening, residents in the Strathoy neighborhood of Ontario, Canada were startled to hear the words, “Put down your weapon!” then gunfire. What they were hearing was a confrontation between Canadia and a would-be suicide bomber as they shot him dead. The suspect, 23-year-old Aaron Driver of Winnipeg, Manitoba, had allegedly been in the final stages of a plan to carry out a suicide attack in a crowded area during rush hour, but was thwarted after police received intelligence of the plot and Driver’s whereabouts. News reports noted that the tip came from the U.S. FBI.
Driver had been previously known to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). In October of 2014, he Tweeted not only his support of ISIS (under the name Harun Abdurahman), but also praised the attack on Parliament Hill that same month by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who killed one soldier and rushed into the hall firing before he was shot dead himself. Driver described the attack as “justified.” After he was arrested for the Tweets, Driver entered into what is known as a “peace bond,” in which, according to a story from CBC/Radio Canada, he agreed to the government’s conclusion of “consenting or acknowledging that there are reasonable grounds to fear that he may participate, contribute—directly or indirectly—in the activity of a terrorist group.”
Despite the events of Wednesday night, Driver’s former lawyer said that there was no evidence or indication that Driver was affiliated with or directly connected to any terror group, much less ISIS. Under the terms of his peace bond, besides the obvious—no associating with any terror organization—and being banned from using a cell phone or computer (both of these stipulations were set to expire at the end of August), he was also required to live at a specified address and to inform the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of any changes in status or address. It is not clear if the home where Driver was confronted and killed was the specified address he was required to live at, but neighbors said that the house was occupied by a man, a woman, three teenagers, and a young boy, who had apparently been living at the residence for about a year.