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The News Minute| October 23, 2014| 12.00 pm IST

Canadians in the parliament on Wednesday were taken by surprise as they heard gunshots and before they realized it were in the middle of an apparent “terrorist attack”. The terrorist identified as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, opened fire in the parliament and killed a soldier; a Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed after the gunman opened fire in the nation’s capital just before 10 a.m. 

The gunman was later shot dead in the Parliament’s Centre Block amid a frantic search for the assailant and any accomplices. A lot of MP’s were locked down for almost 10 hours and they took to social networking sites to live tweet the attack and later to let the people know that they were safe. 

The entire event was a jolt to the country and a small memorial site near the place of the incident have brought a huge number of people together to show their respect for the unfortunate victims of this attack. 

The Prime Minister of the country Stephen Harper said “This week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world,” “We are also reminded that attacks on our security personnel and our institutions of governance are by their very nature attacks on our country, on our values, on our society, on us Canadians as a free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all. But let there be no misunderstanding. We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated.”

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