Video: Shots fired inside Canada parliament

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A gunman shot a soldier at a war memorial in Ottawa, then ran into the nearby parliament building where he exchanged gunfire with police.

 

According to a government minister, the wounded soldier later died. One gunman is also believed dead.

 

More shots were fired outside a nearby shopping centre and several buildings around the city are on lockdown.

 

The incident came hours after Canada raised its terror threat level, after another soldier was killed on Monday.

 

The latest incident began when soldiers guarding the memorial came under fire on Wednesday morning.

 

"Shots fired at War Memorial at 9:52am today; one person injured," Ottawa Police tweeted.

 

Police have told those in the vicinity to stay away from windows and roofs as they search for additional suspects.

 

One gunman - said to be carrying a rifle - fired on soldiers guarding Canada's main war memorial and then ran into the parliament.

 

"The indications are there is more than one gunman. There may be several," Canadian MP Marc Garneau told the BBC, adding he and fellow politicians were evacuated from the area.

 

One gunmen inside the parliament has reportedly been shot dead but there are no reports yet of anyone else inside the building being hurt.

 

The nearby University of Ottawa has been placed on lockdown, as well as all local police buildings and the US Embassy.

 

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stephen Harper "is safe and has left Parliament Hill", his director of communications wrote on Twitter.

 

Senior government member Tony Clement said on Twitter shots were fired near an in-progress cabinet meeting in parliament.

 

A government official earlier said the raised threat level was in response to an increase in online "general chatter" from radical groups including Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

 

Ministry spokesman Jean-Christophe de Le Rue said on Tuesday that the increased level "means that intelligence has indicated that an individual or group within Canada or abroad has the intent and capability to commit an act of terrorism".

 

On Tuesday a Muslim convert was killed by Quebec police after deliberately hitting two soldiers in his car, killing one and injuring another.

 

A minister said it was a "terrible act of violence against our country".

 

Earlier this month, Canada announced plans to join the US-led campaign of air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq. (Source: BBC)

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  • Jesus Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:48 AM

    hypocrites coming up with another plan to kill innocent Muslim

    Lamaya Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:48 AM

    Enjoy the carnival we enjoyed for almost 30 years. At least now understand the brutality of terrorism. Respect the right of any government to do anything and everything for the sake of national security.

    jeewan Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:24 PM

    Patent and Trade marks of Terror technology is well preserved and readily available in Canada

    Deeptha Thursday, 23 October 2014 04:55 AM

    What sad newsThis is the repercussion you will get when you harbouring terrorist under asylum.Mark my word , next fire from Tamil tigers living there under bogus asylum

    Love Lanka Thursday, 23 October 2014 05:57 AM

    Can we help the gunmen, so that the idiot Harper and his cronies come to their senses on LTTE, same as it took Boston Bombing for Kelly to drop is love for LTTE

    premalal. Perera Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:49 AM

    I hope at least now the western governments and the media realize that appeasing the terrorists will not bring them peace. They will slit your throats at the first chance. Any comments Mr. Justin. Trudeau?

    Ediri Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:53 AM

    These are the consequences of inviting, supporting and feeding members of world terrorist organizations as immigrants.

    Phantom Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:56 AM

    When you sleep with terrorists you wake up to the sound of bombs and gunfire!!!

    srian de silva Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:05 AM

    Terrorists coming home to roost!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ASANGA Thursday, 23 October 2014 07:51 AM

    good time to identify face

    rashan Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:04 AM

    good to have a feel of it when you apply the related sentiments against sri lanka

    Don Friday, 24 October 2014 12:40 AM

    Mr.Harper are you comfortable now?

    Don Friday, 24 October 2014 12:40 AM

    Mr.Harper are you comfortable now?

    Ravi Seneviratne Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:22 AM

    Ho Ho Ho , Canada , reaping the harvest ?

    AP Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:23 AM

    I am quite pleased with what is going on with Canada.A very good lesson for supporting global terrorism and harboring terrorist in camouflage outfit.Canada should burn like hell for the sins of its PM Stephen Harper. the day Tamils (the LTTE terrorist) takes up arms in Canada the only escape for these goons is the sea.

    be fair Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:42 AM

    Another boyish incident, I reckon................!!!!!!!

    suranga Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:38 AM

    They should feel what is the fear of terrorist.


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