Canadian Soldier Killed in Islamist Terror Attack in Ottawa
TORONTO – One male suspect is dead after a Canadian soldier was shot and killed at the War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday morning, according to Ottawa Police.
A lockdown that lasted into the evening ended at 8:25 p.m. ET, when the safety perimeter in downtown Ottawa was lifted. Police said there was no longer “a threat to public safety” in the downtown core, but police operations continued on Parliament Hill “and as such the Hill continues to be off limits to the public.”
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was identified by his cousin, David, as the victim of the shooting in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
Sources identified the suspected shooter as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau who was known to Canadian authorities. Global News has learned there is an investigation underway into his connections to Calgary.
Zehaf-Bibeau was reportedly recently designated a “high-risk traveller” and had his passport seized, according to The Globe and Mail.
The suspect in Monday’s terror-linked attack in Quebec, Martin Couture-Rouleau, also had his passport seized. He was suspected of being an extremist with possible terrorist links. Commissioner Bob Paulson said the passport was confiscated and he confirmed he was one of 90 suspected extremists being investigated by the RCMP.