It’s been four years since Canada was struck by two separate jihadist terrorist attacks against our Canadian Forces.
On October 20, 2014, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was one of two men mowed down in a vehicle ramming attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Vincent later died of his injuries.
His attacker fled the scene and a police chase ensued. He called 911 to say he’d carried out his attack in the name of “Allah.”
The terrorist crashed into a ditch, jumped out of his car and charged a female police officer with a large knife. He was quickly shot and killed by police.
Two days later, 24-year-old Corporal Nathan Cirillo was standing ceremonial guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
He was fatally shot in the back by a terrorist who then raised his gun in the air and shouted, “For Iraq!”
As Cirillo lay in a pool of blood, and half a dozen good Samaritans came to his aid, the terrorist made his way to the Parliament buildings.
He stormed an entrance of Centre Block, shot a brave security guard, and ran down a hallway before being shot and killed by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers.
Both terrorists had pledged their support to the newly-formed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), both deliberately targeted members of our military.
Just like that, Canada was thrust into the global jihadist insurgency.