A gunman armed with a rifle or shotgun had wounded a corporal guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier in the National War Memorial. He then entered the Parliament building and fired multiple shots until he was shot and killed. Authorities have confirmed that attacks were linked to Islamic extremism.
Political analysts see that Canada might be a target for Islamic State (IS) reprisal. The terrorist group may have organised the attack, or the Canadian radical might be moving on his own.
The Gunman, named as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, originally named Michael Joseph Hall, had a criminal history of offenses that included robbery and drug possession.
Ottawa, part of Canada’s central business district, was shut down as authorities rushed into the scene to secure the Parliament building and move occupants to safety. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police had assisted the Ottawa police to specify the number of gunmen.
The wounded soldier died at the hospital while the assailant was shot multiple times until he died. The wounded soldier was identified as CorporalNathan Cirillio, an army reserve member from Hamilton, Ontario.
This is the third in a week as a radical jihadist had run over two soldiers at a strip mall in Montreal.