Armed soldiers deployed outside Horse Guards Parade following Canadian Parliament attack

Armed soldiers have been deployed outside Horse Guards Parade as a precautionary measure by security officials following a terrorist attack near Canadian Parliament last week.

For the first time, troops carrying rifles will have a more visible presence from past two days at Whitehall amid fears that ceremonial guards being targeted by terrorist groups.

Thousands of tourists visit a major tourist attraction in central London every day to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

The entrance, part of the Buckingham Palace estate, is usually watched by two ceremonial guards on horseback and two on foot.

The dramatic step-up in security comes as officials fear a similar Ottawa-style attack in here that happened last week, when a soldier was shot and killed close to the Canadian Parliament.

A Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson has said: “The MoD routinely reviews the security arrangements at all of its establishments.

“Clearly we do not comment publicly on the substance of these.”

During the previous week on Wednesday, the gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot dead Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24, as he stood guard National War Memorial in Ottawa before spraying around 30 bullets inside Canada’s parliament building.

Later on, the terrorist was also shot dead by the Parliament’s head of security and sergeant-at-arms, Kevin Vickers, 58.

The Ottawa attack took place a couple of days after a man described as an “IS-inspired terrorist” ran over two soldiers in a car park in Quebec, killing one and injuring the other before being shot dead by police.

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