The man who opened fire in the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa yesterday, after shooting and killing corporal Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial (pictured), was a follower of Allah.
The attack by 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a.k.a. Michael Joseph Hall, came just two days after another Islamist terrorist from Quebec, Martin Couture-Rouleau (25), mowed down two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one of them, in his home town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Both men were considered “high-risk travelers” and had had their passports seized.
According to eCanadaNow,
[Bibeau] and another group of men were prevented from leaving the nation this past July. They were destined for Turkey.
The implication seems to be that they were on their way to join Islamic fighters in Syria or Iraq, although some Canadian media say Bibeau merely “dreamed of traveling to the Middle East to study Arabic.”
Both Rouleau and Bibeau died when law enforcement officers shot them following the attacks.
NBC reports that
Canadian officials have been concerned about the potential for knife and gun attacks, including strikes against military personnel, because of the nation’s involvement in international fight against ISIS.
Earlier this month, the Canadian Parliament committed half a dozen Canadian fighter jets to the U.S.-led effort to combat the Islamic State.
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