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Friday, 19 December 2014

Canadian Prime Minister: Gunman in Parliament Attack May Not Have Acted Alone



Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that the shooter at Canada’s Parliament might not have been acting alone in committing the attack.

Harper previously called the attack by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a ‘terror attack.’ Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian citizen who was seeking to travel to Syria, was shot dead after a gunfight in the halls of Parliament, but not before he managed to shoot and kill a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial.

Speaking with the TVA Network, Harper saidon Wednesday that “People say he was a lone wolf. It’s true he was a single attacker, but it is not necessarily the case that it was only one guy.”

“It is possible there were other people around these men,” Harper said. He gave no further explanation, but did say that the investigations are still ongoing.

Following the attack, Police said that Zehaf-Bibeau, prepared a video of himself prior to the attack which proves that he was driven by ideological and political motives.

The attack came just two days after a man described as an “ISIL-inspired terrorist” ran over two soldiers in a parking lot in Quebec, killing one and injuring the other before being shot to death by police. The man had been under surveillance by Canadian authorities, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey.

AP contributed to this report.

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