Michael Zehaf-Bibeau: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A 32-year-old Quebec man who had recently converted to Islam shot and killed a Canadian soldier standing guard at the War Memorial in Ottawa, then traveled to the nearby Canadian parliament, where he opened fire before being fatally shot by the sergeant-at-arms, whose heroic actions likely saved countless lives.

Multiple media outlets identified the man as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who had been known as Michael Joseph Hall before converting.

Here’s what we know about Bibeau:

1. He Recently Convered to Islam

Michael Zehaf Bibeau Pictures


After Bibeau’s name was released, this picture, widely reported to be Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was circulated on Twitter by the account @Breaking3Zero.

Military Studies told Martin Couture-Rouleau followed the same Canadian-based pro-ISIS Twitter account. On October 20, Rouleau killed a Canadian soldier by hitting him with his car. Rouleau was a recent convert to Islam and told a 911 operator that he performed the act in the name of Allah.

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Martin Couture-Rouleau, who, like Bibeau, had his passport seized before killing a Canadian soldier on October 20. (Facebook)

CBS News quoted U.S. officials when reporting Bibeau’s name. CNN and other outlets reported earlier that Canadian officials had shared the name with the FBI. According to the New York Times, the U.S. government has no record of Bibeau’s behavior. According to CNN, Bibeau had visited the U.S. four times, most recently in November 2013.

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2. Bibeau Was Planning to Travel to Syria

A day after the shooting, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson told the media that Bibeau had been in Ottawa since October 2 because he was trying to sort out an issue with his passport. It’s understood that Bibeau was planning to travel to Syria. Contrary to earlier reports, Bibeau wasn’t on any Canadian terror watch list but was in contact with someone who was.

You can read Commissioner Paulson’s full comments here:

A friend of Bibeau’s, Dave Bathurst, told The Globe and Mail that he first met Bibeau at a mosque three years ago. Bathurst said his friend had not demonstrated extremist views but had shown some “erratic” behavior recently. Speaking to the Globe and Mail, Bathurst said:

We were having a conversation in a kitchen, and I don’t know how he worded it: He said the devil is after him. I think he must have been mentally ill.

The last time Bathurst and Bibeau saw each other was six weeks ago when the Ottawa shooter said he wanted to go to Libya to study. Bibeau insisted to Bathurst that it was just to learn about Islam and nothing else. Commissioner Paulson told the media the day after the shooting that “we have information that [Paulson] may have had dual Libyan / Canadian citizenship.”

Dave Bathurst said that Bibeau knew Canadian terror suspect Hasibullah Yusufzai. He’s still at-large after leaving Canada to fight in Syria. CTV reports that emails from Bibeau appeared in the account of another Canadian terror suspect.

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3. His Father Fought in Libya in 2011

According to the BBC, Bibeau’s father, Bulgasem Zehaf, was originally from Libya and at one point ran a cafe named the Tripoli Cafe in Montreal. The shooter’s mother, Susan Bibeau, worked on Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board, reports The Globe and Mail. The couple divorced in 1999.

According to the Globe and Mail piece, Bulgasem Zehaf fought in Libya in 2011. The article doesn’t state if he fought with a pro or anti-Gaddafi faction.

After the tragedy in Ottawa, Susan Bibeau told the Associated Press:

Can you ever explain something like this? We are sorry. If I’m crying it’s for the people. Not for my son.

In an earlier email to the AP, Susan Bibeau and Bulgasem Zehaf said:

I his mother spoke with him last week over lunch, I had not seen him for over five years before that. So I have very little insight to offer.

Here’s the email in full:

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Susan Bibeau is the mother of Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. She's the deputy chairperson of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

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4. He Has a Long Criminal Record

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According to Montreal reporter Domenic Fazioli, Bibeau was arrested five times in the city. He has three possession charges dating back to December 2004 (marijuana and PCP). In that case, he pleaded guilty and spent 60 days in jail. His two other arrests were for parole violations. During his time in Montreal, Bibeau lived in the Villeray neighborhood. The Ottawa Citizen reports that he lived there between 2004 and 2006. The paper adds that after 2006 he “fell off the map for three years.” He failed to show in court on marijuana charges in 2006.

He also lived in the the Quebec town of Aylmer for a period.

According to CBS, sources say the shooter’s name was Michael Abdul Zehaf Bibeau, and he sometimes dropped the Michael and went by Abdul Zehalf Bibeau. The Vancouver Sun reported that Bibeau was arrested in British Columbia in 2011 for assault and robbery. The Sun says that in that case, he went by the name Michael Joseph Paul Zehaf Bibeau. The robbery happened in December 2011. According to Global News, Bibeau was arrested in Vancouver again in 2012, this time for making threats. On the threatening charge, he spent a day in prison. His most recent residence was in Vancouver.

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5. He Was Killed by the Parliament’s Sergeant-at-Arms

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Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. (Twitter)

Bibeau was shot dead by the Canadian Parliament’s Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers. He was killed inside the Canadian parliament’s Center Block building.

Witnesses said they saw Bibeau wearing a black coat with blue jeans, reports CBC. The same report says the gun used in the attack was a double-barrel shotgun.

Alberta Labor Minister Ric McIver told the Ottawa Sun that Bibeau was driving a “brown Toyota Corolla with no license plate.” He added that the car “roared up the street and screeched to a halt.” Commissioner Paulson said that Bibeau had bought the car on October 21.

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The soldier killed by Bibeau was named as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. He was a military reservist. Cirillo was from Hamilton in Ontario, Canada. He was just 24 years old. Commissioner Paulson said that Cirillo was shot twice when he had his back to Bibeau. The gunman then shot at another soldier but missed.

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  1. 70% of people born TODAY on planet Earth are non white. One billion Muslims will clean up their own and then on some distant day…. ? Do the math yourself, because our government can’t

  2. i am limiting my reading on this subject, to try to stay objective. i find the information here, informative , factual and accurate. as a student in human behavior , i find it distressing this man used pcp,

    • Jihad is lslam ideology. Pls read the Prophet Mohd ‘s Medina Koran , Hadith and Sira:: then understand what Islam is about

      • when your land is invaded you have the write to defend it, the US invasion and killing hundreds of thousand of innocent people caused finally the appearance of ISIS, killing the people in Canada or the US is really disgraceful and not comply with islam regulations, but there are some stupid guys who may be nervous or unbalance did bad things, but you cant say that islam is asking us to kill, you have to read koran carefully, it was not written by illiterate man ( prophet Mohammed) in the middle of desert 1400 years ago, i have not been to canada nor to the US. we have just one book, which has not been change over the years as no one could alter one word in it, and if you read koran carefully you will find amazing scientific and legislative signs which is impossible to be written by illiterate man

      • I don’t agree with you.. Jihad means fighting back not killing innocent people in the name of God (Allah) please open your eyes and don’t blame the religion just because people are using it for their own benefits

          • The biggest problem here is that promise allah makes you wish to strive for on your own waging holy jihad to have nothing but muslims on the earth to have your years of promised peace where there will be nothing but muslims on the earth. This is what jihad is fighting for to make it come true. Where even the rocks will speak and say look over there a Jew, go and kill him. This is what they strive for.

    • Fact Number 6. A slow Fact. Michael Joseph Hall was radicalized for terrorism at the SAME Burnaby B.C. Mosque as another terrorist, who also had his passport revoked.
      Fact Nymber 7. A slower Fact. It has become almost common place for addict-guests of state run guest houses in Canada to convert to Islam for the Halal meals. The Jailhouse Muslim.

  3. Jihad is lslam ideology. Pls read the Prophet Mohd ‘s Medina Koran , Hadith and Sira ; then understand what Islam is about

  4. Fringe movements always attract the dregs of society, which is why people like this idiot here convert to Islam. Islam is an enticing faith for crazies because they believe they can do anything in the name of Allah and be justified. Islam is not the problem, the blame lies with our PC society and limp dick politicians and media that remind us reassuringly “but not all muslims are like that.” They don’t have to be. In a culture war, they simply steamroll us while we sit on our hands and try not to be racist. It is not inconceivable that Europe will eventually become pseudo-Islamist and whose fault will that be? The strong culture or the one that sucked at the teat of political correctness?

  5. Who is a terrorist?
    One who shots another human being face to face?
    Or one who drops bombs from a 1000m height to kill all those are in the way?
    Or one who builds and controls Drones to kill thousands of miles away all those that are in the way?

  6. Some of you here talk about reading the quaran, and that it was not written by an illiterate man. Well i can say one thing, the Muslim ideology has to change is it wants to survive as a religion, because the way I see it, there are three things that guide Muslims, these being the quaran, the hadith and sharia law. The problem in Iraq is Sunni versus Shiite and what is going on with ISIS is exactly the same as ethnic cleansing, same as Hitler and WWII, except this is religious intolerance that allows Muslim to kill Muslim and any one else who is a non Muslim. Fact from the quaran..kill the unbelievers. Just because of arguments with the hadith???? If you are Muslim you know what I am talking about…time to clean up your act. Religion of peace…horse hockey!

    • I totally agree. These people want power and control and they use the name of their ‘religion’ as an excuse. What deity needs followers to kill for him?

  7. Notice how these recently “converts” to the murderous cult of mohammed were already thugs and criminals. The evil cult gives them BS justifications to be evil, then rape, rob and murder everyone that’s too intelligent to be muslim.

  8. What other religion do you know that brainwashes their people to kill? We need to export ( or stone to death) any muslim, paki, non English speaking easterner that looks like one.!!!

  9. NOTE TO EDITOR: I think it’s an error to have Paulson in brackets in this quote (unless I’ve just misunderstood)

    Commissioner Paulson told the media the day after the shooting that “we have information that [Paulson] may have had dual Libyan / Canadian citizenship.”

  10. Recent study of 600 university students show that 32 percent of young muslims support holy islamic war against infidels, this is just the ones that speak the truth. Around a third of young British Muslims favour killing in the name of Islam, according to a survey revealed by the WikiLeaks’ publication of U.S. diplomatic cables.

    A survey of 600 Muslim students at 30 universities throughout Britain found that 32 per cent of Muslim respondents believed killing in the name of religion is justified.

  11. Who is this accursed “Allah” who tells his followers to kill and kill and kill? No deity I ever heard of. Must be a fake.