Mug shot of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau (Vancouver Police Department mugshot)
Mug shot of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau (Vancouver Police Department mugshot)Reuters

Ottawa Parliament shooting investigators have found a video of the gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, which was recorded just a day before the attack. In the video, the gunman proclaims that he was going to carry out the attack for 'Allah', against the Canadian foreign policy, which has often been found to be anti-Islamic by the fundamentalists.

Even prior to the Ottawa shooting incident, jihadi elements have time and again claimed in online discussion forums that Canada was pursuing anti-Muslim policies. Its recent decision to join the coalition to attack the ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria, also was condemned by the Muslim fundamentalists.

Earlier on Monday, Canadian investigating agency Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) treading a cautious path indicated after analysing the recorded video, that they have "persuasive evidence" that Zehaf-Bibeau was driven by ideological and political motives to carry out the shooting.

The video, which is yet to be made public, was shot by 32-year-old Zehaf-Bibeau a day prior to the shooting. The video indicates that Zehaf-Bibeau may have been acting alone.

The RCMP in its official statement maintained that it "is conducting a detailed analysis... for evidence and intelligence" to rebuild the entire incident.

Earlier last week, Canadian national and Muslim-convert Zehaf-Bibeau, opened fire at Canada's National War Memorial outside the Canadian Parliament, killing a uniformed soldier, Nathan Cirillo.

Zehaf-Bibeau then hijacked a car and drove to Parliament Hill where he ran inside and opened fire again. He reportedly was gunned down by the 58-year-old Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers. At least two more security personnel suffered injuries, while a member of Parliament suffered minor bruises.

According to a source familiar with the investigation, in the video Zehaf-Bibeau has made specific references to Canada's foreign policy as motivation for his actions, reported CBC.

"He was quite deliberate, he was quite lucid and he was quite purposeful in articulating the basis for his actions, and they were in respect broadly to Canada's foreign policy and also in respect of his religious beliefs," RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson, describing the video, told reporters on Monday after an appearance before a Senate committee.

Similarly, a CNN report also noted that Zehaf-Bibeau had ties with jihadists in Canada who shared a radical Islamist ideology, including at least one who went overseas to fight in Syria, multiple US sources said last week.

The RCMP's recent post also stated that the authorities are still trying to find out where Zehaf-Bibeau got the 'old and uncommon' gun that he used in the attack, previously identified as the small caliber Winchester .30/30.

The investigators have found that the knife used by Zehaf-Bibeau had come from his aunt's house, where he had lived for several years.

The RCMP, which has tasked the Ontario Provincial Police with the entire investigation, also found that Zehaf-Bibeau had access to "a considerable amount of funds," some of which seem to have come from his savings while working in the oil fields of Alberta.

After finding the video, the Canadian investigators also have been focusing on Zehaf-Bibeau's interactions with "numerous individuals" prior to the terrorist attack.