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Several shots have been fired inside and outside the nation's parliament in Ottawa, leaving one soldier wounded.
A gunman fired at the National War Memorial and then ran into parliament nearby, continuing the attack.
Several buildings around the city are on lockdown and there are reports of more shots fired at a shopping mall near the parliament.
The incident came hours after Canada raised its terror threat level following a fatal attack on Monday.
One soldier was killed and another injured when a Muslim convert attacked them in a hit-and-run.
The latest incident began when soldiers guarding the memorial came under fire on Wednesday morning.
"Shots fired at War Memorial at 9:52am today; one person injured," Ottawa Police tweeted.
Canadian broadcaster CBC and several MPs report that one gunman has been killed but that is unconfirmed.
Police have told those in the vicinity to stay away from windows and roofs as they search for additional suspects
Ministry spokesman Jean-Christophe de Le Rue said on Tuesday that the increased level "means that intelligence has indicated that an individual or group within Canada or abroad has the intent and capability to commit an act of terrorism".
On Tuesday a Muslim convert was killed by Quebec police after deliberately hitting two soldiers in his car, killing one and injuring another.
A minister said it was a "terrible act of violence against our country".