“Terror” grips Canada: Soldier shot, gunMEN reportedly storms Parliament
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A Canadian soldier was shot at the Ottawa National War Memorial Wednesday, and a gunman reportedly fled into the nation’s Parliament building, raising fears the attacks could be part of “lone wolf” campaigns being carried out by Islamic extremists.
A member of the Canadian parliament, Bernard Trottier, tweeted that a gunman had been shot and killed. Witnesses reported hearing gunfire inside Parliament Hill, which is under lockdown.
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Paramedics took the wounded Canadian soldier away in an ambulance, and the soldier’s current condition is unknown.
U.S. Capitol Police spokesman Shennell Antrobus said Wednesday they were monitoring the situation in Canada, but declined to comment on what extra security measures might be taken in the U.S. Congress.
The incident comes just two days after two Canadian soldiers were hit by a car in Quebec driven by a man with jihadist sympathies. One of them was killed.
The office of the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, said that he was safe, but so far has not issued any further statement. He was scheduled to speak at several public events in Toronto Wednesday, which will likely be cancelled in light of the shooting.
Security experts have increasingly become concerned about “lone wolf” attacks carried out by a single radicalized individual. Experts said that while the Islamic State, often known as ISIS or ISIL, likely does not currently have the ability to carry out large-scale attacks like al Qaeda, the radical group is encouraging single individuals to launch terror attacks in their own countries.
• This article is based in part on wire service reports.
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