IN the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Parliament House in Ottawa, where one soldier was shot dead and several injured, Canada’s prime minister has insisted his country will not be intimidated by terrorists.
Stephen Harper promised to ‘redouble’ anti-terror efforts, describing the attacker as a terrorist on a televised address to the nation, he said: “We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated.
“In fact, this will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts… to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats and keep Canada safe.
“In the days to come we will learn more about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had.”
The gunman, named as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed a soldier at the Ottawa war memorial outside Parliament House. He then ran inside the building and fired dozens of shots before he was shot dead by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers.
The soldier who was killed has been named as 29-year-old Cpl Nathan Cirillo.
So far ISIS have not taken responsibility for the attack, however Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was deemed a high-risk traveller because of suspected jihadist sympathies and his passport had been confiscated by the Canadian authorities
Parliament Hill is still closed to the public.
OTTAWA has gone into lockdown as police search for up to three gunmen after one was reportedly shot dead inside Canada’s parliament building.
The three gunmen opened fire on three locations in the capital city of Ottawa, targeting the parliament building, a hotel and a nearby shopping mall.
Witnesses saw more than 30 shots fired and a soldier who was standing guard appeared to be seriously wounded as medics were seen pushing his chest to revive him.
The three shooters were feared to have entered the parliament building in the capital via the roof before they started firing. Some people fled the building by climbing down scaffolding erected for renovations, with Michelle Rempel, MP for Calgary Centre North, tweeting: “Mom im okay Im in hiding.”
The Prime Minister Stephen Harper is reported to have been safely moved away from Parliament Hill and secured in a secret location.
Authorities had already raised the security threat level from low to medium after the shooting two days ago of an Islamic convert who struck two Canadian soldiers with his car near Montreal, killing one of them.
Armed forces bases across the country are being closed to the public in the aftermath of the shooting, and police have warned residents of Ottawa to stay away from windows and rooftops.