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Summary

  1. There have been two shooting incidents in Ottawa - at the National War Memorial and inside parliament
  2. A soldier guarding the war memorial was shot and later died of his injuries
  3. A gunman has been killed in the parliament building, it is not clear if other gunmen are at large
  4. Several buildings are on lockdown and residents have been told to stay away from windows and roofs
  5. PM Stephen Harper says "Canada will never be intimidated" and will "redouble our efforts" in fighting terrorist groups

Live Reporting

By Sherie Ryder, Yaroslav Lukov, Mike Hills, David Walker, Victoria Park and Bernadette McCague

All times stated are UK

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This brings to an end our live coverage of the dramatic events in the Canadian capital Ottawa. Thanks for staying with us! You can still follow all the latest developments on this and other news stories on the

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But the police add that the "operation continues on Parliament Hill and as such the Hill continues to be off limits to the public".

Canadian police say the downtown Ottawa "safety perimeter" has now been lifted. They say "there no longer exists a threat to public safety in the area".

Emma Loop, @OttawaCitizen

tweets: Thousands of public servants caught up in security lockdown http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/thousands-of-public-servants-caught-up-in-security-lockdown/ … #OttawaShooting #cdnpoli

The prime minister also says that the nation's "thoughts and prayers" are with Cpl Nathan Cirillo, who was shot and killed in Wednesday's attack.

But he stresses that "Canada will never be intimidated" and those responsible "will have no safe haven" on Canadian soil.

Mr Harper says the shootings on Wednesday and earlier this week in Quebec showed that "Canada is not immune to terrorist attacks".

Canadian PM Harper is now making a statement. He describes Wednesday's attack as "brutal and violent".

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John Baird, Canada's Foreign Minister, tweets: Just spoke to @JohnKerry. My message: "This is why we're with you. This only makes our resolve stronger."

Australia's ABC News 24

tweets: PM @TonyAbbottMHR says security has been increased in Canberra but no threat received #OttawaShooting #auspol pic.twitter.com/usnbGWp8db

Here's a brief timeline of Wednesday's dramatic events in the Canadian capital.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is due to make a statement shortly, reports say.

AFP
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The usually bustling ByWard Market was deserted during the day in downtown Ottawa

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Pierre Chauvin, Ottawa tweets: TV Reporters are filing, everybody else is waiting around, not sure what to do #OttawaShooting

The Ottawa Hospital now says that "all three patients involved in today's incident have been discharged". It earlier said the patients "had minor, non-life threatening injuries".

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@OttawaCP tweets: Ottawa schools released from secure mode: School boards are following the lead of Ottawa police after Wednesday's shootings
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Eyewitness Ameh Adas, an Ottawa student who filmed the aftermath of the shooting, tells the BBC that the area is normally "very busy at this time." He says that "government workers usually go for lunch, and the university is only two minutes away".

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Isabel Shore, Ottawa emails: I'm a first year student at the University of Ottawa. The University was placed in lockdown for about five hours. We're located a few blocks away, and it was a very stressful and confusing experience. Ottawa is my hometown, and yesterday I would never imagine ‎that such a thing could happen here. However, the twitter updates provided by the CBC (and the BBC) were incredibly helpful, seeing as I was stuck in an auditorium with no way of reaching the outside!

Ottawa Hospital has said that it received four patients from the shootings. It said they arrived at the hospital at 10:20, 10:37, 12:05, and 12:43 local time. It said that, apart from the first patient, they had minor, non-life threatening injuries and remain in hospital.

US officials say that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was a 32-year-old Canadian citizen.

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Canadian media quoting US and Canadian officials have identified the dead Ottawa gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.

Canadian broadcaster

CBC has a profile of Nathan Cirillo, the reservist soldier who was fatally shot at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Flowers at gate of John Weir Foote VC Armouries in Hamilton, Ontario. 22 Oct 2014
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Flowers have been left at the gate of a military barracks in Hamilton, Ontario, where it is believed the soldier killed in Wednesday's shooting was based

Russ Siemens in Ottawa, Ontario

tweets: First flag I have seen at half mast #Ottawa pic.twitter.com/KwggvJ7CF8

Canadian media have named the soldier fatally shot at the war memorial as Cpl Nathan Cirillo. Canada's

Globe and Mail spoke to a member of his family.

Just to recap on what we know: Shots were fired at two locations, the National War Memorial where a soldier was fatally injured, and in parliament where an attacker was killed in a gunfight. Police said reports of gunshots at a shopping centre proved to be false but parts of the city centre are still in lockdown and it is unclear if other suspects are at large.

Image supplied by Kashy_B of armed police in Ottawa. 22 Oct 2014
Kashy_B

This picture of armed police on a rooftop in central Ottawa was taken by Kashy_B who tells the BBC: "We're locked in and no-one can get in or out."

680News Toronto

tweets: The Canadian National Anthem will play ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins game tonight as a show of support for the tragic events today.

Police search building in Ottawa. 22 Oct 2014
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These police officers are preparing to enter and search a building on the edge of the restricted zone in central Ottawa.

Glenn Thibeault

New Democrat MP for Sudbury & the National Caucus Chair

tweets: Sgt at arms Kevin Vickers - nicest guy you'll ever meet. I am lucky to call him a friend. Today he is also our hero and we are 4evr grateful

Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is pictured in the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in this file photo from June 3, 2011
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This file image from 2011 shows Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers in ceremonial costume in the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill

Kevin Vickers, Sergeant-at-Arms in Canada's House of Commons, is being hailed as a hero after reportedly shooting the assailant in parliament. Justice Minister Peter MacKay tweeted: "Thank God for Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers".

RCMP in Ottawa, Canada

tweets: Anyone who has pics or videos of the sequence of events, surrounding today's shootings send to police at this link http://rcmp.ca/-hSn

Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team walks past a gate on Parliament Hill. 22 Oct 2014
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Still a huge security presence in central Ottawa as police continue to search buildings

Suzanne Anton

Minister of Justice, British Columbia

tweets: Condolences to the family of the fallen officer in #Ottawa. He was a hero who bravely stood in defence of our country and our freedoms

Police officers walk near downtown Ottawa. 22 October 2014
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Armed police are still combing central Ottawa as the search for other possible gunmen continues

Toronto Star bureau chief Robert Benzie

@robertbenzie

Image of standing ovation in parliament
Robert Benzie (Twitter)

tweets: A standing ovation for Ontario's Sergeant-at-Arms Dennis Clark, who keeps this chamber safe. #onpoli

Christine Ackermann

@ChristineFA

tweets: In centreblock. I can hear shouting "Police! Hands up!" In outside hallway #OttawaShooting

The White House says President Obama has spoken by phone to Prime Minister Harper "to express the American people's solidarity with Canada". It says President Obama condemned "these outrageous attacks" and offered any assistance Canada needed in responding to them.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario

@RCMPONT

tweet: #OttawaShooting situation is fluid and ongoing. Remain vigilant and aware.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, making his first statement after the shooting, has described it as "a despicable attack". He says it is important for the government and parliament to continue to function.