Toronto Shooting Rekindles Familiar Debate: Terrorist? Mentally Ill? Both?

Source: The New York Times

By Rukmini Callimachi and Catherine Porter

After a 31-year-old man used a cargo truck to crush 86 people to death on the promenade in Nice, France, his distraught father rushed to tell reporters his son had once suffered a nervous breakdown.


When Omar Mateen used a Sig Sauer MCX semiautomatic rifle to gun down 49 people at an Orlando nightclub, relatives described him as bipolar.

And in Canada this week, after a 29-year-old man opened fire on a street full of cafes, hitting 15 people and killing two, his family issued a statement: Faisal Hussain, it said, had long struggled with mental illness.

The Islamic State offered another explanation: All three men, it claimed, were its soldiers.

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