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Monday 21 August 2017

Soldier shot dead as three gunmen fire rounds into Canada parliament

Terror came to Canada yesterday as a gunman shot dead a soldier at point-blank range before rampaging through parliament in the capital of Ottawa. AP Photo
Terror came to Canada yesterday as a gunman shot dead a soldier at point-blank range before rampaging through parliament in the capital of Ottawa. AP Photo
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A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team responds to a reported shooting at Parliament building in Ottawa yesterday. Photo: AP
The Conservative Party caucus room is shown shortly after shooting began on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa. Photo: Reuters
A police officer patrols the scene near the Canada War Memorial. Photo: Reuters
A still image captured from video footage by the Globe and Mail newspaper shows police officers responding to shooting attacks inside the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa. Photo: Reuters/Globe
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Emergency personnel tend to a soldier shot at the National Memorial near Parliament Hill in Ottawa
Armed RCMP officers head in to Centre Block on Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa
Armed RCMP officers guard access to Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa
Armed RCMP officers approach Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa
Police officers take cover near Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa
Armed RCMP officers guard the front of Langevin Block on Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa
Police officers control traffic on Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa
Armed RCMP officers head towards the Langevin Block on Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa
Police officers control traffic on Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa
Police officers and ambulance workers gather alongside the Canadian War Memorial following a shooting incident in Ottawa
A Canadian soldier who was shot outside the war memorial on Parliament Hill in tended to in Ottawa
Police officers patrol alongside the Canadian War Memorial following a shooting incident in Ottawa
An ambulance is pictured alongside the Canadian War Memorial following a shooting incident in Ottawa
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team responds to a reported shooting at Parliament building in Ottawa
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team walks past a gate on Parliament hill in Ottawa

A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot dead and gunfire then erupted inside parliament, authorities said.

One gunman was killed, and police said they were searching for as many as two others.

People fled Parliament by scrambling down scaffolding erected for renovations, while others took cover inside as police with rifles and body armour took up positions outside and blocked the normally bustling streets around the building.

Witnesses said the soldier was gunned down by a man dressed all in black with a scarf over his face. They said the gunman then entered parliament, where dozens of shots rang out.

Ottawa police spokesman Chuck Benoit said two or three gunmen were believed to be involved in the attack. Gilles Michaud, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, called it a "dynamic, unfolding situation."

Ottawa Hospital said it received two patients, both listed in stable condition, in addition to the soldier.

The attack came two days after a recent convert to Islam killed one Canadian soldier and injured another in a hit-and-run before being shot to death by police.

The killer had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey.

Tony Zobl (35) told how the drama unfolded. "I looked out the window and saw a shooter, a man dressed all in black something over his head as well, holding a rifle and shooting an honour guard in front of the cenotaph point-blank, twice.

"The honour guard dropped to the ground, and the shooter kind of raised his arms in triumph holding the rifle," Zobl said.

The gunman then ran up the toward Parliament Hill where politicians barricaded themselves in.

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