Canada reels after shootings in Ottawa

Canada's capital was jolted on Wednesday by the fatal shooting of a soldier and an attack on the parliament building in which gunshots were fired outside a room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking.

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Canadian soldier shot dead at National War Memorial is 24-year-old reservist Nathan Cirillo

The Canadian soldier who was shot dead by a gunman while guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa has been identified as Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old reservist from Hamilton, Ontario, with a young son.

His cousin David Cirillo expressed his grief through a post on Facebook: "To the gun man that shot my cousin point blank in front of the parliament hill this morning for no reason !! You will get what's coming to you. You destroyed my whole family for life."

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Canadian sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers hailed as hero in parliament shooting

Canadian Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who heads security at parliament, has been hailed as a national hero after shooting dead a gunman who stalked the halls of the Ottawa legislature on Wednesday.

Relatives said Vickers was known for his no-nonsense approach to protecting parliament, the Telegraph reported.

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Past attacks on Canadian government buildings or politicians

Canada's capital Ottawa was shaken on Wednesday by the fatal shooting of a soldier and an attack on the parliament building. The gunman in the parliament building was shot dead.

But Wednesday's shooting was not the first attack on a Canadian government building or political figure.

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Canadian MPs in lockdown tweet of terror fears, toilet line ups

Canadian lawmakers locked down inside parliament for up to 10 hours turned to Twitter to send messages to their friends and families letting them know they were safe albeit exhausted.

Politicians across the political spectrum, often at odds over serious issues, were united in their concern and dismay after a gunman launched an attack on the building.

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Canada PM Harper says no safe haven for those behind Ottawa attacks

"Let there be no misunderstanding. We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in an address to the nation on Wednesday.

"In fact this will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts - and those of our national security agencies - to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats and keep Canada safe here at home."

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Canada parliament shooting: Suspect Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was on terror watch list

A gunman whose name was on a terror watch list killed a soldier and attempted to storm Canada's parliament on Wednesday, before being gunned down by the assembly's sergeant-at-arms.

The attacker, identified in the Canadian media as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was considered a "high risk" suspect and had seen his passport seized to prevent him fighting abroad.

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Canada shooting: One gunman reported dead, police looking for more suspects

A gunman shot and wounded a soldier in Ottawa and then entered the country's parliament buildings chased by police, with at least 30 shots fired, according to media and eyewitness reports on Wednesday.

Parliament was locked down and Prime Minister Stephen Harper had left the building safely as police converged on the area.

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Canada parliament shooting: Suspect named in Ottawa attack that killed soldier

Canadian police are investigating a man named Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a possible suspect in the shootings around parliament, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Two US officials said that US agencies have been advised that the shooter was a Canadian convert to Islam. One of the officials said that the man was from Quebec.

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