Video shows Canada Parliament gunman praying before attack

Reuters News
Posted: May 29, 2015 4:07 PM

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Previously unreleased footage of a gunman who fatally shot a soldier in Canada's capital last October before storming Parliament shows him praying aloud in Arabic.

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau made the short video on his cell phone before launching his attacks in Ottawa on Oct. 22. The video was released by police on Friday

A Canadian convert to Islam, Zehaf-Bibeau died in a gun battle with police and security guards shortly after entering the Parliament building.

The majority of Zehaf-Bibeau's video was released in March, save for about 18 seconds that had been held back for what the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) called operational reasons.

The full video shows Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, beginning with a prayer.

"Lord open for me my chest, ease my task for me and remove the impediment from my speech," he said, according to the subtitles supplied by the RCMP.

The video ends with Zehaf-Bibeau saying: "May Allah curse you."

(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Peter Galloway)