Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 24th 2014 Contents OTTAWA, Ontario---The mother
of the man accused of killing a sol-
dier at Ottawa s war memorial
then storming Parliament before
being shot dead says she is crying
for the victims of the shooting,
not her son.
In a brief and tear-filled telephone
interview with The Associated Press
yesterday, Susan Bibeau said she
did not know what to say to those
hurt in the attack.
"Can you ever explain something
like this?" she said. "We are sorry."
Investigators offered little infor-
mation about the gunman in
Ottawa, identified as 32-year-old
petty criminal Michael Zehaf-
Canadian police conceded Thurs-
day that Zehaf-Bibeau was the lone
gunman, the second attack in three
days in what the prime minister
described as terrorism.
Bibeau she was devastated for
the victims of the attack.
"If I m crying it s for the people,"
she said, struggling to hold back
tears. "Not for my son."
Bideau and her husband had ear-
lier sent the AP a lengthy email
expressing horror and sadness at
"I am mad at my son," the email
said, explaining that he seemed lost
"and did not fit in."
"I his mother spoke with him
last week over lunch, I had not seen
him for over five years before that,"
the email said. "So I have very little
insight to offer."
The heart of the capital city of
Ottawa had been in lockdown after
Wednesday s attack, with fears that
other gunmen might be on the
loose. Ottawa police Constable Marc
Soucy confirmed to The Associated
Press Thursday that police are sat-
isfied there was one attacker. Ottawa
police Chief Charles Bordeleau told
the Canadian Broadcasting Corp
that "there is no longer a threat to
The two attacks stunned Cana-
dians and raised concerns their
country was being targeted for
reprisals for joining the US -led air
campaign against the extremist
Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
Government officials credited 58-
year-old Parliament sergeant-at-
arms Kevin Vickers with shooting
the attacker just outside the MPs
Vickers serves a largely ceremonial
role at the House of Commons, car-
rying a scepter and wearing rich
green robes, white gloves and a tall
Members of Parliament gave
Vickers a rousing standing ovation
for saving their lives as Parliament
resumed Thursday morning.
As Vickers walked into the House
of Commons his lips quivered in
emotion and he acknowledged the
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
urged members of Parliament to
seek medical help if they are suf-
fering stress from Wednesday s
attack in an uncharacteristic per-
"Here we are in our seats, in our
chamber in the very heart of our
democracy, at work" Harper said.
"We will not be intimated."
Harper noted that both of the
terror attacks in Canada this week
came from citizens born in Cana-
da.Earlier Harper visited the National
War Memorial where the soldier
was killed to lay a wreath. A man
was detained by police near where
Harper put down the wreath.
Police said the man tried to
breach the crime scene and thought
there would be minor charges if
he s charged.
Earlier, Harper called the shooting
the country s second terrorist attack
in three days.
A man Harper described as an
"ISIL-inspired terrorist" on Monday
ran over two soldiers in a parking
lot in Quebec, killing one and injur-
ing another before being shot to
death by police.
Like the suspect from Wednes-
day s shooting in Ottawa, he was
a recent convert to Islam. (AP)
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CROWN POINT, Indiana---Inves-
tigators are using the cellphone
records of an Indiana man already
charged in the slayings of two
women to pinpoint his move-
ments after he told police he liked
to check on the status of bodies
he d previously stashed after a
fresh kill, authorities said.
Illinois law enforcement officials
told The Associated Press that Dar-
ren Vann, 43, may have traveled
to Chicago s south suburbs between
the time 19-year-old Afrikka
Hardy s body was discovered Friday
in Hammond, Indiana, and Sat-
urday when Vann was arrested in
nearby Gary. The officials spoke
on the condition of anonymity
because they weren t authorised
to discuss the investigation.
Indiana police say Vann, a con-
victed sex offender, has confessed
to killing Hardy and six women
whose bodies were found over the
weekend in abandoned houses in
Gary. He has been charged with
murder in the deaths of Hardy and
35-year-old Anith Jones, whose
body was found last Saturday in
A judge ordered Vann be held
in contempt of court Wednesday
when the former Marine refused
to even acknowledge his name dur-
ing an initial court hearing in
Hardy s slaying.
Magistrate Judge Kathleen Sul-
livan asked Vann if he understood
the reason for the hearing but he
just stared back silently.
"Mr Vann, are you choosing not
to take part in this hearing?" Sul-
livan asked the shackled Vann, who
was flanked by two Lake County
Jail guards at the lockup in Crown
Point. Sullivan urged Vann s public
defender, Matthew Fech, to tell his
client "that he stays in jail the rest
of his life until this hearing takes
Fech urged Vann to speak, but
he again offered no response. Sul-
livan found Vann in contempt and
said she would schedule another
initial hearing for next week.
Lake County Sheriff John Bun-
cich said Vann s demeanor has oth-
erwise been "quiet, calm and col-
lected," but that his silence, if it
persists, could raise complicated
legal questions that would slow
the prosecution process.
Sullivan also issued a gag order
barring investigators from inter-
viewing Vann unless they first get
his permission through his attorney,
Buncich said. (AP)
PARIS---France is moving troops
toward the Libyan border within
weeks and, along with US intelli-
gence, is monitoring al-Qaida arms
shipments to Africa s Sahel region,
a top French military official said
A French base will go up within
weeks in a desert outpost 100 kilo-
meters (60 miles) from the lawless
Libyan border region overrun by
Islamic militants, the official said on
condition of anonymity because he
wasn t authorised to speak publicly
on the matter.
US intelligence is helping French
troops "a lot," he said.
Earlier this month, French troops
destroyed an arms convoy in northern
Niger carrying three tons of weapons
from Libya to Mali. A French drone
had located and followed the convoy
from southeast Libya, the top defense
About 50 French troops will be per-
manently based in northern Niger
and they could be reinforced very
quickly by the French and Niger mil-
itary when necessary, in order to be
"able to crisscross the zone up to the
border and hamper as much as pos-
sible the traffic route", he said.
French and US drones are already
operating out of Niger s capital,
France launched a military operation
three months ago against Islamist
groups, with troops and equipment
sent to ex-colonies Mauritania, Burk-
ina Faso, Niger, Chad and Mali.
Following France s intervention to
rout Islamic militants from Mali last
year, the operation is aiming to counter
al-Qaida-linked militants there, and
their potential ties with Nigerian mil-
itant group Boko Haram.
Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le
Drian warned last month that Libya
is a "hub for terrorists."
France s strategy "reflects the
changing threat," said Francois Heis-
bourg, a French analyst at the Foun-
dation for Strategic Research think
tank in Paris.
"That s the cost of the success:
while (French and UN troops) man-
aged to undermine the permanent
establishment of terrorists in northern
Mali...they withdraw and went to
northern Niger and southern Libya."
Police track Indiana slaying suspect's movements
ROME---A video of a pair of dueling,
dancing American priests studying in
Rome has gone viral, following in the
footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun
whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a
singing contest and a record contract.
The Rev David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park,
New York, and the Rev John Gibson, 28,
of Milwaukee, first shot to Internet fame
when they were filmed in April during a
fundraiser at the North American
College, the elite American seminary up
the hill from the Vatican.
Rider warmed up the crowd with a
lively tap-dance routine, only to be
pushed aside by Gibson's fast-footed
Irish dance. Soon they were battling it
out, trying to impress the crowd.
At the back of the room, journalist
Joan Lewis recorded the event and later
posted on YouTube.
"All of a sudden the numbers started
rising and rising," Lewis told AP. The
video has nearly 260,000 views. (AP)
Dancing priests become Internet sensation
Mom of Canada suspect:
I cry for victims, not son
Prime Minister Stephen Harper hugs the Leader of the Opposition
Thomas Mulcair in the House of Commons, yesterday, in Ottawa. The
House of Commons is back in action, kicked off by an exhilarating show
of support for Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who was among those
who opened fire on Michael Zehaf Bibeau, who stormed Parliament Hill
on Wednesday. AP PHOTO
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