Singapore condemns Canada parliament shooting

Singapore condemns Canada parliament shooting

SINGAPORE - Singapore has condemned the parliament shootings that took place in Parliament Hill and Canada's War Memorial in Ottawa.

In response to media queries on the shootings in Canada, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesman said: "Singapore condemns the shootings that took place at the National War Memorial and at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

"Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased soldier, the injured victims, as well as the Government and people of Canada during this difficult time. The attacks underscore the need for countries to remain vigilant in dealing with the threat posed by terrorists."

The spokesman added: "Singapore stands in solidarity with the Canadian Government in the fight against terrorism."

On Wednesday, a soldier guarding the war memorial was shot in Canada's capital. A few minutes later, shots were fired in the Parliament Hill.

According to CNN, Ottawa Police "barricaded inside offices and parts of the city on lockdown for hours as they searched for suspects."

CNN also reported that the police lifted the lockdown on Wednesday night as there was no longer danger to the public.

According to The Straits Times, the gunman involved in the attack has been identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a 32-year-old who was known to be a "high risk" suspect.

He had his passport confiscated by officials in order to stop him from fighting abroad.

stephluo@sph.com.sg

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