Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau tied his attack on Cpl. Nathan Cirillo to Canadian Forces missions in Afghanistan and Iraq in a cellphone video he recorded ahead of the fatal shooting on Oct. 22, 2014.
R-C-M-P Commissioner Bob Paulson showed an edited version of the video today to the House of Commons Public Safety Committee. He says it’s still unclear whether Bibeau worked worked alone.
“The RCMP believes on the evidence that Zehaf-Bibeau was a terrorist,” he says. “Anyone who aided him, abetted him, counselled him, facilitated his crimes, or conspired with him is also, in our view, a terrorist and where the evidence exists we will charge them with terrorist offences.”
The video released to the public is only a portion of the original video. RCMP took out 18 seconds of the recording.
“I am satisfied that there are reasonable and sound operational reasons for these edits, and you will no doubt want to understand these reasons too,” Paulson says. “Unfortunatley, for the very same reasons we have edited the video, I cannot explain to you at this point why we have done so.”
Pressure had been mounting to release the video so Canadians can get an idea of Zehaf Bibeau’s state of mind prior to the attack.
“To those who are involved and listen to this movie, this is in retaliation for Afghanistan and because Harper wants to send his troops to Iraq.
So we are retaliating, the Mujahedin of this world. Canada’s officially become one of our enemies by fighting and bombing us and creating a lot of terror in our countries and killing us and killing our innocents. So, just aiming to hit some soldiers just to show that you’re not even safe in your own land, and you gotta be careful.
So, may Allah accept from us. It’s a disgrace you guys have forgotten God and have you let every indecency and things running your land. We don’t, we don’t go for this. We are good people, righteous people, believers of God and believing his law and his Prophets, peace be upon them all. That’s my message to all of you in this, Inshallah, we’ll not cease until you guys decide to be a peaceful country and stay to your own and I-, and stop going to other countries and stop occupying and killing the righteous of us who are trying to bring back religious law in our countries.