Canada probes Parliament gunman’s ties

  • AFP
  • Updated: Oct 25, 2014 00:29 IST

Canada’s capital faced a third day of heightened security on Friday as police searched for any clues that the man who shot and killed a soldier and charged into the parliament building had help in plotting his attack.

Groups of residents gathered around the war memorial where the soldier, Nathan Cirillo, 24, was slain on Wednesday at the start of a attack by a man police identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a 32-year-old Canadian citizen.

The attack by Zehaf-Bibeau, who according to US sources was a recent convert to Islam who had traveled to Ottawa seeking a passport and that he had intended to travel to Syria, a hot spot of ISIS activity. His father was a Canadian citizen of Libyan descent Zehaf-Bibeau may have been a dual citizen of Canada and Libya.

PM hid in a closet
Canadian PM Stephen Harper was shoved into a closet when a gunmen stormed parliament, local newspapers said on Friday.

According to MPs cited anonymously by the daily Globe & Mail and others, Harper spent as much as 15 minutes in the tiny space.

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