Canadian parliament gunman acted alone

The attacker, identified in the Canadian media as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. -- PHOTO: TWITTER 
The attacker, identified in the Canadian media as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. -- PHOTO: TWITTER 
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police released security video footage from Parliament Hill showing the moments before and after a gunman fatally shot a soldier from behind at the National War Memorial. -- SCREENGRAB: YOUTUBE

OTTAWA (REUTERS) - The gunman in Wednesday's attack on Canada's capital Ottawa acted alone and there was no apparent link to an attack in Quebec earlier in the week, security officials said on Thursday as a video footage of the attack was released.

Mr Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was a Canadian citizen who may also have held Libyan citizenship, said Mr Bob Paulson, commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Mr Bibeau killed a soldier before racing through the parliament building where he was shot dead.

Watch the Parliament Hill security video footage of the gunman here

In the Quebec incident on Monday, Mr Martin Rouleau, 25, rolled over two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one, before he too was shot dead, police said.

"We have no information linking the two attacks this week," Mr Paulson told reporters in Ottawa, which remained on high security alert on Thursday.

Mr Bibeau had recently applied for a passport but checks by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) did not turn up any evidence of national security related criminality, although his criminal records indicated infractions related to drugs, violence and other criminal activities, Mr Paulson said.

Police said he wanted to go to Syria. US officials said on Wednesday that they had been advised that Mr Bibeau was a convert to Islam, the same as the assailant in Monday's attack.

The RCMP on Thursday released a video showing the moments before the gunman stormed into Canada's parliament. The footage shows his movements as he obtains a vehicle to drive to parliament and also shows some pedestrians running away from him.

Underscoring tensions on Thursday, armed police arrested a man who tried to approach the shooting site just as Prime Minister Stephen Harper was laying a wreath to commemorate the slain soldier.

On Tuesday, Canada sent six warplanes to the Middle East to participate in US-led air strikes against Islamic State militants who have taken over parts of Iraq.

Mr Harper said the attack would only strengthen Canada's response to "terrorist organizations."

He pledged to speed up a plan already under way to bolster Canadian laws and police powers in the areas of "surveillance, detention and arrest."

Tighter security was evident all over the sprawling parliamentary zone in downtown Ottawa.

Armed officers stood outside the door where the gunman rushed in on Wednesday.

The flag flying over Parliament's Centre Block, where the gunman had burst in on Wednesday morning, was at half mast and bullet holes could be seen in the carpet just inside the front door and in the masonry in the hallway where the soldier, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24, was shot.

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