RCMP say they couldn’t prevent attack on soldiers

The RCMP say there was little they could have done to prevent Martin Couture-Rouleau from targeting two soldiers in Quebec, despite their monitoring of his activities, his recent arrest, and subsequent attempts to de-radicalize him.

Supt. Martine Fontaine, who heads national security for the RCMP in Quebec, told reporters that Mounties arrested Couture-Rouleau when he tried to fly to Turkey in July.

The 25-year-old was later released, Fontaine said Tuesday, because there was not enough evidence to prove he was planning to fight alongside terrorists. His passport was seized, but Fontaine said there was little else police could do.