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Canadian Parliament Shooting - Everything We Know So Far

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So horrible. Wednesday brought with it the second fatal attack on soldiers on Canadian soil this week.

Here's everything we know.

A Canadian citizen named Michael Joseph Hall, who had changed his name to Michael Zehaf-Bibeau when he converted to Islam, tried to leave the country but had his passport confiscated.

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In the second attack of its type this week (on Monday another disgruntled man whose passport was taken killed a soldier with his car), Zehaf-Bibeau went to the National War Memorial in Ottawa and shot soldier Nathan Cirillo in the back.

A few minutes later, Zehaf-Bibeau opened fire in the Parliament building, and was shot and killed by officers protecting the building.

Due to the shooter's death, his motives for the attack remain unclear.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper had this to say about the horrific events:

"In the days to come, we will learn more about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had, but this week's events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere in the world."

Our hearts go out to our Northern neighbors, and to the family of Officer Cirillo.

[Image via AP Images.]

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11 comments to “Canadian Parliament Shooting - Everything We Know So Far”

  1. Be/Atch says – reply to this


    Get rid of all that terrorist trash!!!!!!

  2. Jess says – reply to this


    He didn't change his name when he converted to Islam. Zehaf-bibeau is his name by birth. His mothers French name and his father's Libyan name. He used other pseudonyms, but this is his name.

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    Re: Be/Atch – And YOU plan to do that how exactly ?

  4. ProudCanadian says – reply to this


    Please don't mention the killers name. He doesn't deserve any recognition. Just keep saying the soldiers name: Nathan Cirillo. Let's remember the hero, not the villain.

  5. rox says – reply to this


    I was there, my building was on LockDown for 8 hours. It was insane

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    Same here Rox, we were on lockdown all day. So sad for all of us here in Ottawa as well as for the soldiers family, may he rest in peace.

  7. HumbledCanadian says – reply to this


    There is no evidence supporting this was a terrorist attack. I will not support Harper in war if he chooses to do so, this was compared to 9/11 which in no way is possible. It was a lone man with a gun who walked through the most secure building in the entire country on his own, with a 3 ft rifle or shotgun, past metal detectors and 5 armed security guards. Plus many more officers due to a weekly occurring meeting involving the Prime Minister.

    The gas prices just lowered, I wonder why this happened.

  8. whatajoke says – reply to this


    Um aren't you trying to deport Bieber non-stop and blaming Canada for his behaviour? Why are you even posting this. You have no sympathy for Canada.

  9. 0/o says – reply to this


    Re: whatajoke – …

  10. Vieve says – reply to this


    Corporal Nathan Cirillo.

    And the gunman's name is Zehaf-bibeau by birth.

    There was another Canadian earlier on in the week who mowed down two soldiers with his car, THAT individual had changed his name to an arabic one….

  11. lolo jones says – reply to this


    This is the least factually correct, poorest written article i have read in a long time. After so many articles like this, I cant read this blog anymore.