World News: Canadian Conflict

O’Canada?  More like “oh no, Canada.”  The nation of the Maple Leaf erupted on Wednesday with reports of shootings in Ottawa, the typically quiet Canadian Capital.  “I heard rapid fire of what appeared to be 20 shots or more, very loud, appeared to be very close,” says Kevin Lamoureux, a member of Parliament. There was one victim, Canadian soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a reservist from Hamilton, Ontario, who died at the scene. The attacker, who was later shot and killed, is identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. The incident raises new concerns as Canada is becoming more involved in the fight against ISIS. The country recently approved plans to conduct missions against ISIS this month and deployed 6 fighter jets to the scene.  Zehaf-Bibeau had converted to Islam and his passport was confiscated after it was revealed that he was considering leaving to fight with ISIS overseas. The attack also comes two days after “radicalized” man killed a soldier with his car, and five days after Canada raised its threat level. According to a report issued in August, about 130 Canadian citizens have gone  have gone abroad to join terrorist groups, including 30 believed to be fighting in Syria.

Contributor: Phoebe Roe

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