Gunfire reported in Canada’s Parliament after soldier shot.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was immediately rushed away from the building to a safe location, Canadian authorities said.
Canada has raised the terror attack level from low to medium following a deadly “lone-wolf” attack on two soldiers and an increase in “general chatter” from Islamist groups such as Isis [Islamic State] and al-Qaida according to media report.
“This increase is not the result of a specific threat,” said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney.
De Le Rue stated that the new terrorist attack level meant Canadian intelligence services had “indicated an individual or group within Canada or abroad has the intent and capability to commit an act of terrorism”.
The decision comes after a Canadian man was shot dead by police after running down two soldiers, killing one, with his car after becoming influenced by radical Islam.
There were “numerous gunmen” Wednesday morning 11:31 a.m. at the Canada War Memorial shooting, said Marc Soucy of the Ottawa Police Service. Canadian officials are working to decipher if there were two or three gunmen, he said. Only one person was shot.
Earlier this week, a man who Canadian authorities said was “radicalized” was shot to death after hitting and killing a Canadian soldier.
There is no indication however that the Monday incident and Wednesday’s shooting are related.
On Monday’s vehicle attack, police arrested Martin Rouleau Couture, who allegedly converted to Islam about a year ago, last July and confiscated his passport, but lacked enough evidence to keep him in custody, said Martine Fontaine of the RCMP.
Many believe ISIS is recruiting Canadians and that some are heeding that call.
Days ago we learned it successfully recruited three Toronto Somali teenagers to go overseas to become the wives of ISIS fighters.
They were only saved and brought home after their families contacted authorities.
ISIS is making it clear it is on a global jihad to establish an Islamic Caliphate.
We should believe it, and act accordingly.
This month, Canada officially announced their cooperation to join air strikes against IS in Iraq following a request for assistance by the US.