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Gunman kills 16 in Nova Scotia in Canada’s worst mass shooting

A man disguised as a police officer went on a shooting rampage in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia on Sunday, killing 16 people, in the worst such attack in the country for 30 years. A police officer was among those killed. Several bodies were found inside and outside one home in the small, rural…

Gunman kills 16 in Nova Scotia in Canada’s worst mass shooting

A man disguised as a police officer went on a shooting rampage in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia on Sunday, killing 16 people, in the worst such attack in the country for 30 years.
A police officer was among those killed. Several bodies were found inside and outside one home in the small, rural town of Portapique, about 100km (60 miles) north of Halifax – what police called the first scene.
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Bodies were also found at other locations and buildings set on fire.
“This is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history,” said Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil. 
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) spokesman Daniel Brien confirmed 16 people had been killed in addition to the suspect.
The dead officer was identified as Constable Heidi Stevenson, a mother of two and a 23-year veteran of the force. Another officer was also wounded.

An undated photograph of a police cruiser, altered by the RCMP to point out the car’s unique number, is shown in an appeal to the public after they say multiple-victim shooting suspect Gabriel Wortman could be driving the car and wearing an RCMP uniform near Portapique [RCMP Nova Scotia/Handout via Reuters]

Police identified the man believed to be the shooter as Gabriel Wortman, 51, who was thought to live part of the time in Portapique. Authorities said he wore a police uniform at one point and made his car look like a RCMP vehicle.
Authorities believe he may have deliberately singled out his first victims before he began attacking randomly. Police said they had no indication of a motive and the killer had acted alone.
“The search for the suspect ended this morning when the suspect was located and I can confirm that he is deceased,” RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather told a press conference.
Leather said the gunman had exchanged fire with police at one point.
“Our officers were involved in terminating the threat,” he said, adding the independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT), which probes incidents involving the province’s police, was now handling that part of the investigation.
SiRT said in a statement a confrontation had occurred in Enfield, which is near Halifax airport, “resulting in officers discharging their firearms. The suspect was found to be deceased at the scene”.

Gunman kills 16 in Nova Scotia in Canada’s worst mass shooting

There were half a dozen police vehicles at the scene of the gas station where the suspect died. Yellow police tape surrounded the gas pumps, and a large silver-coloured four-wheel drive was being investigated. 
Mass shootings are relatively rare in Canada. The country overhauled its gun-control laws after its worst mass shooting in 1989, when gunman Marc Lepine killed 14 women and himself at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique college.
It is illegal to possess an unregistered handgun or any kind of rapid-fire weapon in Canada. Purchasing a weapon requires training, a personal risk assessment, two references, spousal notification and criminal record checks.
“As a country, in moments like these, we come together to support one another. Together we will mourn with the families of the victims, and help them get through this difficult time,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement. 
‘Absolutely unbelievable’
The National Post newspaper quoted Tom Taggart, a councilor who represents Portapique in the Municipality of Colchester, as saying the community was devastated.
He described the community as a “subdivision in the woods where people have acre lots along the shore”, and where Wortman owned three properties.
“It’s absolutely unbelievable this could happen in our community. I never dreamt this would happen here,” Taggart said.
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Gunman fires at anti-CAA protest rally in Delhi

A gunman has fired a shot at a protest rally against India’s new citizenship law near Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) university in the capital New Delhi, witnesses said. “He [the gunman] was shouting, Delhi Police Zindabad [long live Delhi police] … who wants Azadi [freedom] come I’ll shoot you. And then he shot one fire,”…

Gunman fires at anti-CAA protest rally in Delhi

A gunman has fired a shot at a protest rally against India’s new citizenship law near Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) university in the capital New Delhi, witnesses said.
“He [the gunman] was shouting, Delhi Police Zindabad [long live Delhi police] … who wants Azadi [freedom] come I’ll shoot you. And then he shot one fire,” said witness Nazim Qazi, who was also part of the protest, “A student named Shadab was hurt and has been taken to nearby Holy Family hospital,” he added.
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Another witness told Al Jazeera that JMI students were marching towards the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of India’s independence struggle, when the attack happened.
The march was organised to coincide with the death anniversary of Gandhi, who was killed by a member of the Hindu far right, Nathuram Godse, in 1948.

On the day Gandhiji was shot dead by Godse! https://t.co/4djBajqfmt
— Niha Masih (@NihaMasih) January 30, 2020

The victim has now been moved to the trauma centre of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, sources said.
A photograph circulated by the Reuters news agency showed the man, dressed in a black jacket and brandishing a single-barrel weapon, standing metres away from dozens of policemen deployed outside the university, where protesters had gathered for the march.

Gunman fires at anti-CAA protest rally in Delhi

Witnesses said the assailant shouted slogans against the protesters before firing at them.
“The police stood nearby,” Ahmed Zahir, a witness, told Reuters.
The assailant has been identified as 19-year-old Ram Bhagat Gopal Sharma, according to Al Jazeera sources and local media. He is a resident of the Jewar neighbourhood of Gautam Buddha Nagar district in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

A wounded man is helped after Sharma opened fire during a protest against a new citizenship law outside the Jamia Millia Islamia university in New Delhi [Danish Siddiqui/Reuters]

The deputy commissioner of police in Southeast Delhi said they had arrested the suspect, adding that the investigation was ongoing into the incident.
The suspect’s purported Facebook page showed that he called himself Rambhakt (a devotee of lord Ram). He was live on Facebook just before the attack, the page shows.
Weeks of protests
Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which fast-tracks Indian citizenship for non-Muslim minorities from three neighbouring countries, have flared since last December.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government insists the law is required to help persecuted minorities who fled to India before 2015 from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
However, protesters insist the law – as well as a proposed national register for citizens – discriminates against the country’s Muslim minority and violates India’s secular constitution.
In recent days, leaders from Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have called for action against the protesters, whom they call unpatriotic.
This week, Indian Junior Finance Minister Anurag Thakur encouraged supporters at a state election rally in New Delhi to chant slogans calling for traitors to be shot, drawing a reprimand from the country’s election commission.
Last month, Delhi police stormed the JMI library and beat students who were protesting against CAA. Dozens of students were injured in the police action that caused a public outcry.
Tawqeer Hussain contributed to this report from New Delhi

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