More details emerge from Canada following shooting

More details emerge from Canada following shooting

Authorities in Canada have confirmed the shooter who killed a solider at the War memorial in Ottawa, was the same person who was shot dead in the halls of parliament.

Details of the events in the capital yesterday have been released, with video footage confirming Michael Zehaf-Biebeau acted alone.

Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was a Canadian citizen who may also have held Libyan citizenship, said Bob Paulson, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Bibeau had recently applied for a passport but checks by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) did not turn up any evidence of national security related criminality, although his criminal records indicated infractions related to drugs, violence and other criminal activities, Paulson said.

The incident yesterday was the second sort of attack on a soldier this week.

In the Quebec incident on Monday, Martin Rouleau, 25, rolled over two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one, before he too was shot dead, police said.

But authorities have also confirmed today the two incidents are not related.

“We have no information linking the two attacks this week,” Paulson told reporters in Ottawa.

Footage of the attack yesterday. Source: CNN

Sergeant-at-Arms hailed a hero

Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and fellow lawmakers stood for a thunderous, minutes-long ovation as Kevin Vickers, Canada’s Sergeant-at-Arms, led the traditional parade that opens every session of the House of Commons, dressed in ceremonial garb.

Sergeant Vickers, a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer who is in charge of parliamentary security, was reportedly in his office on Wednesday morning when a gunman ran into the Center Block of Parliament through the open front door, with police and security guards in pursuit.

The 58 year old drew his handgun and fired multiple shots at the gunman, according to media reports.

Forensic investigation is expected to determine how the gunman died in what has been described as a hail of bullets.

Harper commits to remaining vigilant

The Prime Minister has told Parliament the Canadian government would “be vigilant” to threats but “not run scared”.

“We will always stand together,” Mr Harper said, vowing to push on with tougher security laws.

“They need to be much strengthened, and I assure you, Mr Speaker, that work which is already underway will be expedited.”

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