As reported in the news feed over the weekend, the Parliament Hill mujahid Michael Zehaf-Bibeau made a video prior to his murderous rampage last Wednesday at the Cenotaph and in the Parliament building in Ottawa. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police found the video on his person after he was shot and killed. They are still analyzing it, and have not yet released it to the public.
Surprisingly enough, the RCMP Commissioner didn’t shy away from talking about JIM at a press conference yesterday. Not only did he refer to jihad and Islam, but he also said Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau “praised Allah”.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this audio:
Below are excerpts from an article on the same topic from The Globe and Mail:
Ottawa shooter referred to Allah in video, RCMP says
Before he killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo and stormed Parliament last week, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau recorded a video that cited Canada’s foreign policy and made a religious reference, the head of the RCMP says.
RCMP don’t believe the video, recovered from the gunman, was shared but they continue to dig into whether anyone saw it and whether anyone helped Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau.
“He was quite deliberate, he was quite lucid and he was quite purposeful in articulating the basis for his actions, and they were in respect broadly to Canada’s foreign policy and also in respect of his religious beliefs,” RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, describing the video, told reporters Monday after an appearance before a Senate committee.
He later said Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau referred specifically to “Allah,” or God in Arabic, in the video.
The video comes after one witness said Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau made reference to Iraq, where Canada is part of an international coalition against Islamic State extremists, after killing Cpl. Cirillo.
Mr. Paulson also said Monday that last week’s attacks were due more to a “distorted world view” than mental illness, specifically citing Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau’s “jihadist views.”
The RCMP said Sunday the attack was driven by “ideological and political motives.”
The RCMP aren’t yet going to release the video, Mr. Paulson said, as the investigation is ongoing. “… It’s a video that the deceased prepared himself on his own device that we were able to recover. Our belief is it had not gone anywhere else, but it may have gone elsewhere,” Mr. Paulson said.
Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Cirillo at the National War Memorial on Wednesday before storming the Centre Block building of Parliament Hill, where he was ultimately killed.
One witness, Hayden Trenholm, said he heard Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau shout “For Iraq!” after killing Cpl. Cirillo. “The odd thing was it was so flat. His facial expression was so neutral … there was no weight to the words,” said Mr. Trenholm, who later relayed to police what he had heard.
Mr. Paulson, the RCMP commissioner, played down any potential link between mental health and the shooting.
“I’m not persuaded at all that mental illness is driving these things. What’s driving these things is a distorted world view …,” he said.
Mr. Paulson also said Monday that Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau’s attack Wednesday is not linked to an attack in Quebec two days earlier that also killed another soldier, but that police are still investigating the circumstances leading up to the Ottawa attack.