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By Andy Metzger

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

CAMBRIDGE — The murder of a Canadian soldier in Ottawa Wednesday and the shooting of others in the Canadian Parliament was a “terrible” but unavoidable tragedy, according to U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano.

“It appears to be a relatively lone wolf type of situation. You can’t stop those. You can only make them harder to do and you can make it more certain that somebody does that is gonna be caught,” Capuano told reporters Thursday after attending a skate park groundbreaking.

Asked whether security should be increased at the U. S. Capitol, Capuano said, “Other than shutting the Capitol, which no one wants to do that I know of, you’re not going to be able to stop these types of things. It’s just part of modern life.”

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said the attack was an act of terrorism.

Asked about efforts by the so-called Islamic State to recruit youths, the Somerville Democrat said the United States has been “stepping up our activities relative to their Internet access to our young people.”

Capuano also complimented the Obama administration on its handling of Ebola, which is sowing death in West Africa and has infected a handful of people in the United States.

“I think it has been reasonable especially in the last week or so,” Capuano said. He said the initial response “could have been a little quicker,” and said he understood the imperative not to cause panic.

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