Security tight in Canada as police probe gunman’s ties

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Security tight in Canada as police probe gunman’s ties

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police ordered a detail of officers to remain with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, after it emerged that he briefly hid in a closet-like room during the Wednesday’s attack.

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Published: Fri 24 Oct 2014, 1:25 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:52 AM

Ottawa police patrol along Elgin St. steps away from the National War Memorial where a soldier was shot this morning in Ottawa, Canada.- AFP

Ottawa police patrol along Elgin St. steps away from the National War Memorial where a soldier was shot this morning in Ottawa, Canada.- AFP

Ottawa: Canada’s capital faced a third day of heightened security on Friday as police searched for any clues that the man who shot and killed a soldier and charged into the parliament building had help in plotting his attack.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police ordered a detail of officers to remain with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, after it emerged that he briefly hid in a closet-like room during the Wednesday’s attack.

A 32-year-old Canadian citizen with a record of criminal violations was said by police as having carried out the brazen attack.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said investigators had linked him to someone charged with what he called a terrorist-related offence.

Checks by the RCMP did not turn up any evidence of criminality related to national security, although he did have a record of infractions related to violence and other criminal activities, Paulson said.

He was also not one of a group of 93 people the RCMP are investigating as “high-risk travelers,” he added.

The attacks took place in a week when Canada sent six warplanes to participate in US-led air strikes against ISIS who have taken over parts of Iraq.



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