Ottawa terror payback for Harper's war in Iraq?
Canadians are on edge after the shootings in Ottawa, which comes one day after Canada sent war planes to Iraq and two days after an Islamic extremist killed one Canadian soldier and injured another.
@conarkerr1996 gunmen shooting soldiers. Ottawa now in lockdown. This is what happens when you go to war with the U.S. against Iraq :(— Ar (@ArLock4) October 22, 2014
Canadian jets JUST left for Iraq to help in the bombing campaign against ISIS and now this shooting in Ottawa happens...#OttawaShooting— Lord Baelish (@WhosYoBaghdaddy) October 22, 2014
There is no evidence to date that ISIL was connected officially to the attacks this week. But both the suspects -- Martin Couture-Rouleau and Zehaf-Bibeau in the Ottawa shooting -- were said to have been 'self-radicalized'.
Even though Rouleau was not in contact with ISIL, Islamic State supporters gave messages of support for his attack, which came one month after an ISIL spokesperson encouraged people to "kill" Canadians and "run over" a victim with a car. He was said to have posted ISIL flags on social media and wrote on Facebook that "disbelievers" were destined for the "fire of hell".
As for Zehaf-Bibeau, some argue that his actions were more likely a result of mental illness and that religion was not a factor. However, reports say he was reading ISIL messages calling for attacks, and ISIL sympathizers congratulated his shooting, saying Canada was "paying the price for intervention". He was known to hold "radical views", was in contact with an accused terrorist, and had recently applied for a passport to go to Syria.
Twitter account of an ISIL sympathizer who posted a message about Islamic supporters in Ottawa earlier today.