Flags fly over the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, October 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON
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Gunfire echoed through the Gothic halls of the Canadian parliament Wednesday as police shot dead a gunman suspected of killing a soldier guarding a nearby war memorial before storming the building.Authorities had raised the security threat level from low to medium after the car attack, which came as Canadian jets were to join the US-led air armada bombarding Islamist militants in Iraq.Later, a police spokesman said two people received "minor injuries" in the incident, but refused to say whether more gunmen could be at large or what might have triggered the attack.Lawmakers, staff and reporters evacuated from the building spoke of intense gunfire in the historic building on Parliament Hill.Police raced to seal off the parliament building and Harper's office, pushing reporters and bystanders back and blocking roads.If the driver's alleged jihadist sympathies are confirmed, it would be Canada's first-ever Islamist attack, although authorities have warned they are tracking 90 suspected extremists already in the country.
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