Police officers stand guard near the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Blair Gable
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The two men accused of carrying out separate deadly attacks in Canada this week had recently converted to Islam and wanted to join the extremist fight, officials and local media said Thursday.Both men were killed during the violence, which officials called "terrorist attacks," the first such incidents tied to Islamic extremism ever to take place in Canada.Canada participated in the war in Afghanistan, where 158 Canadian troops were killed between 2003 and 2011, and has recently joined the US-led military coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq.The two men had recently converted to radical Islam, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Couture-Rouleau was "a terrorist" inspired by Islamic State jihadists.
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