A terrorism suspect was killed in a confrontation with police in Strathroy. Ont. Wednesday.
The RCMP said earlier Wednesday it was investigating 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 Wednesday.
Suspect of terrorist threat was identified and proper course of action taken to ensure no danger to the public. https://t.co/XSuRWUbMsj
— RCMP (@rcmpgrcpolice) August 10, 2016
Residents in the southwestern Ontario community were told to stay inside as an area has been cordoned off in a residential area and local, provincial and federal law enforcement are on the scene.
Spoke with woman whose kids are in house next door to standoff. They’ve been ordered to stay indoors. She’s outside of perimeter. #Strathroy
— Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) August 11, 2016
Strathroy is located about 40 kilometres west of London, Ont. with a population of around 20,000 people.
Little information was given on the “national security threat.”
“The safety and security of Canadians is of the utmost importance to the RCMP and we take all such threats seriously,” the RCMP statement said.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have discussed the situation.
“With respect to the police and security actions taken in Canada today, I have discussed the situation with the Prime Minister to confirm that public safety has been and continues to be properly protected,” Goodale said in a statement.
Goodale said the government is committed to keeping Canadians safe, adding there are “robust” measures in place to do so.
Canada’s National Terrorism Threat Level remains at “medium,” Goodale said, where it has been since the fall of 2014.
The national law enforcement agency asks Canadians to stay alert and report suspicious or unusual behaviour to local police or the National Security Information Network at 1-800-420-5805.