People pay their respects at National War Memorial in Ottowa, the day after multiple shootings in the capital city and Parliament buildings left a soldier dead and others wounded, October 23, 2014. (AFP/PETER MCCABE)
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Lawmakers returned to the bullet-chipped halls of Canada's parliament Thursday after two jihadist attacks in three days forced their nation to confront a deadly new home-grown threat.In the House of Commons, members applauded Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who Wednesday put aside his ceremonial duties to fire the shot that halted one attacker. There, officers opened fire, including Vickers, a veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police appointed to lead the parliamentary security team and wield the ceremonial mace.The attack followed a similar one Monday, when 25-year-old Martin Couture-Rouleau ran over two soldiers in a Quebec parking lot, killing one of them, before being shot dead by police.Both assailants were already on a Canadian government watch list of so-called "high-risk travelers" banned from leaving the country for fear they might join Islamist extremists waging war abroad.
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