1. Canada shooting
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said his country will “never be intimidated” after a soldier and a gunman were shot dead in Ottawa.
Yesterday a masked gunman killed a soldier at Canada’s war memorial and stormed parliament before being shot dead by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms.
Prime Minister Harper said that Canada would continue to work with its allies around the world to fight against the terrorist organisations “who brutalise those in other countries with the hope of bringing their savagery to our shores”.
“They will have no safe haven,” he added.
He said that the thoughts and prayer of the nation are with the family and friends of the slain soldier Corporal Nathan Cirillo.
“Corporal Cirillo was killed today murdered in cold blood as he provided a ceremonial honour guard at Canada’s National War Memorial.”
Authorities have identified the gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.
Earlier Zehaf-Bibeau’s mother said, in a telephone interview that she is crying for the dead Corporal Nathan Cirillo, not her son.
Susan Bibeau said she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack.
2. Standing ovation for Sergeant-at-Arms
The man who shot dead Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is being hailed as hero and has been given a standing ovation as Canadian Parliament resumed.
The 58-year old Sergeant-At-Arms appeared close to tears before the House of Commons as the parliament thanked him for saving their lives.
Kevin Vickers holds a largely ceremonial role and had never discharged his gun before yesterdays shooting.
3. Luke Batty inquest
An inquest into the death of Luke Batty has heard a police officer described Greg Anderson as “bad — not mad.”
The Australian reports that Senior Constable Paul Topham told the inquest that locking Anderson away was his “highest priority” but he was thwarted by the justice system.
Constable Topham said in his evidence that if Anderson hadn’t killed his son Luke in February this year “it would have been down the track”.