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    The recent attack in Canada's capital Ottawa highlights the need for nations to join together in the fight against terrorism, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Thursday.

    Updated 3:50 p.m. Moscow Time

    MOSCOW, October 23 (RIA Novosti) – The recent attack in Canada's capital Ottawa highlights the need for nations to join together in the fight against terrorism, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Thursday.

    "The tragedy that occurred [in Ottawa] is yet another clear reminder of the need to unite the forces of our countries and the entire world community in the fight against terrorist threats," Lukashevich said at a press briefing in Moscow.

    The spokesman also expressed his condolences to those who were affected by the attack.

    On Wednesday morning, a gunman shot dead a soldier guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa and then proceeded to Parliament Hill's Center Block where he was killed in a shootout with a policeman.

    Three people were injured as a result of the shooting, all of them have already been discharged from the hospital.

    Canadian authorities believe the shooter was 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, reportedly of Algerian descent and born in Canada.

    Local media reported that gunshots were also fired Wednesday in the Canadian Parliament building and a mall in downtown Ottawa.

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the public following the incident saying that Canada lacks immunity from terror attacks. Harper also said that Canada will be strengthening its efforts to fight and prevent any such incidents in the future.

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