Ottawa, Oct 23: Canadian parliament witnessed a major terrorist attack with the firing outside a room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was at a meeting with members of his Conservative party. The gunman stormed the Parliament by killing a soldier, who was guarding the National War Memorial in central Ottawa.
Witnesses said at least 30 shots were fired after a gunman entered the Parliament building and was pursued by police. The gunman attacked near the room where Harper was addressing caucus, then a huge boom, followed by rat-a-tat shots.
The incident rocked the Canadian capital violating tranquility, sending a strong message about another possible attack in Canada or the US.
Harper vowed that the attacks will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts to keep the country safe and work with Canadian allies to fight terrorists. He said that masked gunman was inspired by the ISIS against whom the whole world has resumed war in Iraq and Syria.
Dramatic video footage posted by the Globe and Mail newspaper showed police with guns drawn inside the main parliament building. At least a dozen loud bangs can be heard on the clip, echoing through the hallway.
US President Barack Obama condemned the shootings as "outrageous" and said: "We have to remain vigilant". The US Embassy in Ottawa was locked down as a precaution, and security was tightened at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington.
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