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Zehaf-Bibeau missing video segment

The unreleased portion of Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's final video manifesto includes an exhortation to others to carry out similar attacks, as well as a number of Middle Eastern names, sources tell The Canadian Press.

Missing 18 seconds includes calls for others to carry out attacks on Canada

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau recorded a cellphone video sitting in the front seat of his car on Oct. 22, shortly before he shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and then stormed Parliament, where he was killed. The RCMP released all but 18 seconds of the short video Friday. (RCMP/CBC)

Sources say the unreleased portion of Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's final video manifesto includes an exhortation to others to carry out similar attacks, as well as a number of Middle Eastern names.

(NOTE TO READERS: Please see Correction Note at the end of this story.)

Two sources spoke to The Canadian Press about the video on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the contents of the missing portions.

They say during the missing 18 seconds, the 32-year-old Zehaf-Bibeau calls on others to carry out attacks against countries such as Canada, and then lists a number of names.

Zehaf-Bibeau recorded the video in his car moments before the deadly rampage, which claimed the life of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and ended his own in a hail of gunfire inside Centre Block.

The sources say those named in the video do not appear to have played a role in Zehaf-Bibeau's attack, but rather have general Arabic-sounding names. It's not clear if investigators have been able to identify them.

RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson has said investigators had "sound operational" reasons for keeping that portion of the video secret when the other 55 seconds were released nearly three months ago.

Michael Zehaf Bibeau is shown carrying a gun while running towards Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2014, in a still taken from video surveillance in this handout photo. (RCMP/Handout/Canadian Press)

The redacted portions included 13 seconds at the start of the video and five seconds at the end. The sources did not specify which portions contained what information.

In the portion that Canadians have already seen, Zehaf-Bibeau stares calmly into the camera and says the actions he's taking are a response to Canada's military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"We are retaliating, the mujahedeen of this world," he says.

"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."

Video, OPP report to be released soon 

On Monday, Paulson said the RCMP would be releasing the full video in the coming weeks. He also said the force would release an Ontario Provincial Police report into the actions of the Mounties on Parliament Hill on the day of the shooting either this week or next.

Next week, the House of Commons plans to release a similar review of how security personnel responded to Zehaf-Bibeau once he managed to get inside the Centre Block with a loaded rifle.

Speaking to a Commons committee Thursday, Speaker Andrew Scheer said his office is finalizing what portions of the highly detailed report will be released.

"A report that includes names of security personnel, names of constables, where people were standing at what time, and where resources were deployed, some of that information would — it would not be appropriate to release that," Scheer said.

"It would do far more damage to security than enhancements. So, we're currently in the process of deciding the best way to make that public."

Scheer told the committee the redacted version given to the public would be the same version provided to MPs.

The Commons is spending an extra $6.5 million this fiscal year to pay for those new security measures around Parliament Hill, Scheer said.

Corrections

  • Correction Note from The Canadian Press: When the missing 18 seconds of the video was released the day after this story was published, it did not in fact contain Zehaf-Bibeau exhorting others to carry out attacks similar to his nor did he mention a number of Middle East names. The previously secret portion of the video shows Zehaf Bibeau praying in Arabic, urging Allah to praise his actions and those of the mujahedeen. The sentence after paragraph 1 that points readers to this note has been added to the original story and the headline on the original story has been changed so it does not on its own mislead.
    Jun 01, 2015 6:38 PM ET

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