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These pictures show the inside of a taxi after a would-be suicide bomber detonated an explosive device, injuring himself and the driver before police shot him.
Aaron Driver, 24, a Canadian man previously banned from associating with ISIS extremists, had prepared a martyrdom video and was on the verge of committing a terror attack in a major city, authorities said.
But a tip from the FBI triggered a ‘race against time’ as police scrambled to identify and locate the balaclava-wearing man in the video and stop the atrocity.
Driver was killed in southern Ontario after he detonated his device inside a taxi and was shot at by officers, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.
Police said they were tipped off by the American authorities at 8.30am on Wednesday.
The FBI provided a screen shot and later a video of the masked suspect threatening a terror attack.
After being tipped off by the FBI, Canadian police furiously worked to find out who it was.
By 11am, Canadian police said they had a good idea who it was.
Driver was identified as the person in the video and planned to carry out a suicide bombing in a public area during rush hour within 72 hours, Deputy Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commander Mike Cabana said.
‘It was a race against time,’ Cabana said.
RCMP Commander Jennifer Strachan said Driver, originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, was intercepted by police as he entered a taxi with a backpack outside his home in Strathroy.
She said Driver detonated an explosive device, injuring himself and the taxi driver, before police shot at him.
However, it was unclear whether Driver died as a result of the shrapnel or a police bullet.
In the video, aired during a news conference in Ottawa, a masked Driver is seen railing against western ‘enemies of Islam’ and warning that the only solution would be the ‘spilling of your blood.’
He pledges allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State leader, and threatens an attack against Canada.
Driver had been under the spotlight for at least a year, after being arrested last year for supporting ISIS on social media.
He gave an interview, using the alias Harun Abdurahman, where he expressed support for prior terror attacks in Canada and expressed interest in travelling to join the terror group.
But Driver, who was living with his sister, was not under surveillance at the time of his death.
Police swooped down on the home just before a taxi suddenly showed up and Driver got in.
The police operation involving Driver took place on Wednesday night in the southern Ontario town of Strathroy, 140 miles (225 kilometers) southwest of Toronto.
‘If he had gotten out of that residence before we got there, the scenario would have ended a lot differently. I’m positive of that,’ Strachan said.
Neighbors said they heard explosions and gunshots during the operation that involved SWAT teams and a bomb squad, the website reports.
Strathroy resident Irene Lee, whose parents own a convenience store near Driver’s home, said police arrived on the quiet residential street shortly after 4pm ET and quickly surrounded the house.
At about that time, she said she was at her home close by when she heard a loud noise.