A top military official Tuesday warned soldiers in Canada’s eastern provinces to avoid wearing their uniforms in public out of fear of being targeted in the wake of deadly attacks on personnel in Quebec and Ontario.

In an email titled “urgent measures,” Rear Admiral John Newton – who commands the Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic, a combined 23,000 personnel – tells soldiers “to restrict movement in uniform in public as much as possible.”

The note also asks personnel to stay in their respective buildings for the time being and to get the message out quickly, according to the Halifax Herald News.

The email was sent out about an hour after a series of reported shootings in Ottawa.

In Halifax, Capt. Peter Ryan, a spokesman at the Stadacona base, told the Herald News that security measures have been changed from the norm.

““The Canadian Armed Force is continually adapting to meet the demands of an evolving security environment,” he said.

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