Footage from the Toronto Globe and Mail show a hail of bullets being fired inside the Canadian parliament building
According to the BBC, a series of shootings have taken place in and around Canada’s parliament, leaving one soldier wounded.
It is unclear how many gunmen there are but one shooter is believed dead.
An assailant fired at the National War Memorial and then ran into parliament nearby, continuing the attack. More shots were fired at a shopping mall.
The incident came hours after Canada raised its terror threat level following a fatal hit-and-run attack on two soldiers on Monday.
The latest incident began when soldiers guarding the memorial came under fire on Wednesday morning.
“Shots fired at War Memorial at 9:52am today; one person injured,” Ottawa Police tweeted.
ISLAMIC RADICALIZED SUSPECT
A man shot to death after running down and killing a Canadian soldier with his car was “radicalized” and classified as a “potential important threat” to the country, Canadian authorities said Tuesday at a press conference.
Police arrested Martin Rouleau Couture, who reportedly converted to Islam about a year ago, last July and confiscated his passport, but lacked enough evidence to keep him in custody, said Martine Fontaine of the RCMP.
“When he was arrested, he was about to go to Turkey,” Fontaine said. “We stopped him as he was about to leave Canada for terrorist actions. He was questioned when he was arrested. We have not been able to determine any real threat at this time.”
On Monday, a man driving a car hit two members of the Canadian Armed Forces who were walking in a strip mall parking lot in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, said David Falls, spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.. Read more !
CBC news reports that as Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney asserted at a morning news conference, Couture-Rouleau, who waited in a parking lot for at least two hours before driving his car into two Canadian soldiers, was “clearly linked to terrorist ideology.”
The RCMP revealed that officials had been monitoring Couture-Rouleau closely, concerned that “he had become radicalized.” On Tuesday, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson confirmed that Couture-Rouleau’s passport had been seized and that he was one of the 90 suspected extremists who the RCMP believed intended to join militants fighting abroad.
CBC News spoke with Faisal, a Facebook friend of Couture-Rouleau’s in Saudi Arabia, who described Couture-Rouleau as a “really kind person.”
He said he befriended Couture-Rouleau on Facebook and began messaging him in June.
“I was actually looking over some posts on Facebook … and I saw all these people, they were for some reason dissing Islam, making fun of us, so I saw him actually replying in a really calm, modest, humble way,” Faisal told CBC News.
But Faisal added that this was before he found out Couture-Rouleau was a supporter of ISIS.
Faisal, who spoke on the condition CBC News not publish his last name, said he changed the topic of conversation in the few instances Couture-Rouleau mentioned ISIS to him.
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