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‘No evidence at the stage’ Ottawa shooter had wider Jihadi ties, says Canadian foreign minister

October 23rd, 2014
03:07 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

There is “no evidence at this stage” that the suspect in Wednesday’s shootings in Ottawa had connections to a wider group of Jihadis, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.

“Obviously there’s an investigation going on, and we hope to learn more in the, in the coming days,” he said.

Amanpour asked whether Canada had “ruled out” Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s ties to a network of Jihadis.

“I think that’s something the authorities are looking at right now,” he said.

Several American sources have told CNN that Zehaf-Bibeau had “connections” to jihadists in Canada, though it is not clear how deep those connections might have been.

Wednesday’s attack comes on the heels of another incident, on Monday, in which a “radicalized” man – as Canadian authorities called him – ran down and killed a Canadian soldier with his car.

“This is a tragic reminder that terrorism is the great struggle of our generation,” Baird said.

Radicalized Westerners and their desire to wage Jihad, particularly in Syria and Iraq, is “becoming a major problem for all Western countries, and Canada’s not immune from that.”

Click above to watch the full interview, and hear Baird speak about being just “fifty meters” from the gunman when gunfire was exchanged in the parliament building.

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