During his visit to Ottawa on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the last week’s attack in Ottawa a “terrorist act,” and alleged that Canadians and Americans are together facing a generational battle against “radical religious extremism.” Mr. Kerry conveyed his country’s condolences after two Canadian soldiers were killed in separate attacks last week, while also discussing the threat posed by violent extremists here and abroad.
Mr. Kerry is the first top foreign official to visit Canada since Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial last Wednesday before storming Parliament Hill, where he was killed. He laid a wreath at the war memorial and met Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. While addressing reporters after that, Mr. Kerry stated that law enforcement officials will determine whether Zehaf-Bibeau’s actions constitute a terrorist attack under Canadian law. Kerry alleged that “but clearly anybody who walks up in a premeditated way with a rifle and attacks somebody in uniform and then purposefully goes to a parliament is committing, by common-sense standards, a terrorist act.”