Canada, Ottawa is in shutdown after a second terror attack as a single gunman opened fire at the Canadian War Memorial, then taking to Parliament where he was shot and killed by the head of security on Parliament Hill, Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers.
Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was shot and killed at the war memorial.
The gunman has been identified as 32 year old Michael Zehaf- Bibeau, who was on the Canadian terror watch list after reportedly fighting in Libya.
Zehaf-Bibeau had a criminal record in Quebec and British Columbia. Court documents obtained by CBC News show that Zehaf-Bibeau pleaded guilty to charges including drug possession and robbery. He was convicted of drug possession in 2004 and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.
In 2011 following a bank robbery in Vancouver, Zehaf-Bibeau was charged with robbery and uttering threats. He was found guilty of the lesser charge of uttering threats.
The question which arises is “how did an armed gunman get into the Parliament?”
At one point in the intrusion the gunman was only meters from the Canadian Prime Minister.
Security expert Clive Williams makes the point that unless the individual is wearing some type of tracking device, to physically monitor one person for twenty four hours, takes eight people per day. This comes as the Islamic State has threatened violent retaliations for the Canadian participation in the Coalition war against terror in the middle east. The Islamic State has urged “lone wolf” attacks against Governments of Coalition Countries.
These attacks are low tech with low numbers of casualties but which have a high impact from a public relations view.
Security aspects of all Government Offices has increased as further attacks could be imminent.
“Think about where you’re going, be aware of your surroundings, and exercise common sense and judgement when considering where and when to wear your uniform in public,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin has said through media.
“If you feel threatened or think you’re in immediate danger, call the police on 000.
“If you see something anywhere that makes you feel concerned or uncomfortable, report it to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123400.”
Below the Australia House of Representatives shows solidarity with Canada with a moment of silence. Canadian High Commissioner was also present.