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Ottawa gunman recorded video message before carrying out terroristic attack

October 27, 2014, 10:44 UTC+3
The video had “irrefutable evidence of the fact that the attack had been launched due to ideological and political motives”
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At the site of National War Memorial in Ottawa

At the site of National War Memorial in Ottawa

© EPA/COLE BURSTON

OTTAWA, October 27. /TASS/. Canadian citizen Michael Zehaf-Bibeau recorded a video message before killing a soldier on ceremonial guard duty in the Ottawa downtown and the following attack on the Parliament building, Ottawa police reported.

“Zehaf-Bibeau prepared a video message before the attack. It is being thoroughly examined by experts now," the statement said. It notes that the police has “irrefutable evidence of the fact that the attack had been launched due to ideological and political motives." Other information has not been released by the police yet.

What happened in Ottawa

Last Wednesday, an armed man with a rifle, 32-year-old Canadian citizen Michael Zehaf-Bibeau opened fire at the National War Memorial on the soldiers who were carrying out ceremonial guard duty.

One of them — 24-year-old Corporal Nathan Cirillo — was fatally shot.

After that, the gunman managed to enter the building of National Parliament, where he was shot dead in a gunfight with the police.

According to Canadian police representatives, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau intended to go to Syria and asked for issuing him a passport for this purpose. 

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