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Surveillance Video Shows Canada Parliament Attack

10-24-2014
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Disturbing new surveillance video shows the terrorist attack on Canada's Parliament this week, including the moment the shooter races inside the building sending lawmakers scrambling for cover.

More footoage shows the crowd running away as the gunman pulls up to the Parliament building and jumps out of his car carrying a rifle, right after he shot a soldier to death at Canada's national war memorial.

The attacker, 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was a devout Muslim who had been trying to go to Libya or Syria.

And he had made several visits to the U.S., most recently last year, when authorities say he had already become radicalized.

Zehaf-Bibeau had frequent run-ins with police and had been a crack cocaine user who once told a psychological evaluator he wanted to go to jail to beat his addiction.

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When he was arrested in 2011 for a robbery, the evaluation report said, "He has been a devoted (Muslim) for seven years and he believes he must spend time in jail as a sacrifice to pay for his mistakes in the past."

Canadian authorities say the motive of the attack is not clear, but they point out the attacker was angry that he had not yet been granted a passport to go to Syria.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said about 90 people nationwide are suspected of planning to join up with Islamic radical fighters abroad or have returned from such activity.

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper called Wednesday's shooting a terrorist attack, and told Parliament "the planet is descending into savagery." But he said Canada will not be intimidated.

"We will be vigilant, but we will not run scared. We will be prudent, but we will not panic. And as for the business of government, well here we are in out seats, in our chamber in the very heart of our democracy and our work goes on," Harper said.

Zehaf-Bibeau's shooting spree was the second terror attack on Canada in the past week,

On Monday, a man described as an "ISIL-inspired terrorist" ran over two soldiers in a parking lot in Quebec, killing one and injuring the other before being shot to death by police.

Before that attack, Canadian authorities feared the second terrorist had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey.

The bloodshed raised fears that Canada is suffering reprisals - perhaps so-called lone-wolf attacks - for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria.

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