Incident Summary:

10/22/2014: An assailant attacked a ceremonial guard at the National War Memorial and proceeded to enter the Parliament building on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Two people were killed, including Corporal Nathan Frank Cirillo and the assailant, and three people were wounded in the attack. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a convert to Islam, was responsible for the incident.




North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred on Parliament Hill

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity House of Commons
Specific Description Building
Nationality of Target Canada
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Canadian Armed Forces
Specific Description Corporal: Nathan Frank Cirillo
Nationality of Target Canada
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
A Winchester rifle was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Canadian Police Say Ottawa Attack Was Work of Lone Gunman," New York Times, October 23, 2014.
"Ottawa Shooter Made Video Showing Political Motives," Bloomberg, October 26, 2014.