Ottawa police lift blockades in downtown, Parliament still shut

Police officers gather police tape following shootings in downtown Ottawa on Oct 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Police officers gather police tape following shootings in downtown Ottawa on Oct 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

OTTAWA (REUTERS) - Ottawa police said late on Wednesday that they had lifted safety blockades in the downtown core which were imposed after a soldier was killed and a gunman was shot dead in Parliament.

"The ongoing police investigation in the downtown core has determined that there no longer exists a threat to public safety in the area," the police said in a statement.

"However, the police operation continues on Parliament Hill and as such the Hill continues to be off limits to the public."