UPDATE: Previous questions if the Canadian terrorist shooter had any links to Islam have since been answered. Canadian radio station CJAD is reporting that Micheal Zehaf-Bibeau was in fact, a recent convert to Islam, dropping his birth name of “Michael Joseph Hall, and occasionally dropped the name Michael and went by the name Abdul Zehar Bibeau — and at other times he would drop the Abdul.”
With news still breaking fast and furious regarding the terrorist killer in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, CBS News has taken to social media revealing the name of the shooter. As CBS News sent via Twitter on Oct. 22, 2014, the now dead terrorist was identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a 32-year-old Canadian born citizen.
Other than his name, year of birth (1982) and nation of birth, little else was sent out by CBS News. However, ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has also taken to the micro-blogging site and made known an individual they claim to be Zehaf-Bibeau. Using the Twitter handle of #ISIS, the media-savvy terrorist organization circulated the photo supposedly of Zehaf-Bibeau wearing the same black and white “Arabic scarf” the United Press International news service reported on Oct. 22, 2014, that at least one eyewitness saw the shooter wearing as he opened fire on one of the Canadian soldiers assigned to the highly prestigious Ceremonial Honour Guard of the Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Tombe du Soldat Inconnu) at the National War Memorial.
While it is still unknown if the terrorist shooter had any ties to any Islamic Jihad organizations or any Muslim connections whatsoever, the first half of his hyphenated last name are raising eyebrows. While in French-Canadian cultural circles, it’s understood that “Bibeau” is a French surname. But the family name of “Zehaf” (also correctly spelled “Zihaf”) is somewhat a common last name in the North Afican nation of Algeria, which also is overwhelmingly Muslim. It’s still unknown if Zehaf-Babeau is ethnically Algerian, or if the name may have been adopted by him, possibly as a convert to Islam.
Meanwhile, the young solder killed in action today at The War Memorial was Corporal Nathan Cirrilo, as reported by Canada’s National Post. Cpl. Cirrilo was also identified as an Army Reservist attached to Hamilton’s own Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Numerous photographs of the Canadian hero are just beginning to circulate on social media. Other than a ready smile and his obviously much loved dogs always beside him, Cpl. Cirillo also appears to have a Catholic Rosary tattooed on his right arm. By all reports, Cpl. Cirillo was killed by a shotgun blast to his chest at point blank range.