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Malala citizenship ceremony postponed after Ottawa shooting

TORONTO: The office of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Wednesday that the ceremony to bestow honorary Canadian citizenship on Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousufzai was rescheduled after an attack in Ottawa.

The lone gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau who shot the Canadian soldier had attempted to storm the national parliament but was instead gunned down by the assembly’s sergeant-at-arms.

Malala won the Nobel earlier this month, following which Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had declared that she would be granted citizenship of his country.

Malala was scheduled to be in Ottawa on October 22 where she was to be granted honorary citizenship of Canada. She is the sixth person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. Other recipients of honorary Canadian citizenship are Raoul Wallenberg, Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi and Karim Agha Khan IV. – AFP

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