Canada Says Parliament Shooter Wasn't a Lone Wolf

Comparisons between the Sydney and Ottawa gunmen as unbalanced loners may be way off.

At this point, it's too late.

Photographer: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Early reports indicate that Man Haron Monis, who was behind yesterday's deadly hostage crisis in Sydney, was an unbalanced man acting alone and not an agent of Islamic State, despite his demand for one of the group's flags during the standoff. Many are seeing similarities between his actions and those of the gunman who stormed the Canadian Parliament in October. The New York Times said the incidents were caused by “a similar mix of personal disaffection and jihadist zealotry.”

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