Friday, October 24, 2014

 

Politicians return to work after Canadian shooting

 

Defiant Canadian MPs have returned to work a day after a gunman stormed the country's Parliament in a terrorist attack that left a soldier dead.

 

There has been emotional scenes with Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper paying tribute to the security forces who responded to the attack.

 

Politicians gave a standing ovation to Parliament's Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers who shot dead gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.

 

A minute's silence was also observed for Corporal Nathan Cirrillo who was earlier shot and killed at Ottawa's War Memorial.

 

Meantime, police in Canada say the gunman responsible for the attack was not on a watch list.

 

Police say the 32-year-old recent Muslim convert may have lashed out in frustration over delays in obtaining a passport to fight with jihadists in Libya or Syria.

 

He was also a petty criminal with a long rap sheet, including a string of drug offences.