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01-29-2017, 10:52 PM
6 dead in terrorist attack at Quebec City mosque

Published on: January 30, 2017 | Last Updated: January 30, 2017 1:31 AM EST

Police officers respond to a shooting in a mosque at a Quebec City mosque on Ste-Foy St. on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. ALICE CHICHE / AFP/Getty Images
Six people have been killed and eight others were injured after at least two gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque Sunday night.
Premier Philippe Couillard and the Sûreté du Québec described it as a terrorist attack.
At a press conference early Monday morning, an SQ spokesperson said two suspects were arrested – one near the mosque, and another near Île d’Orléans, east of Quebec City. Police said nothing leads them to believe that other people were involved.
The victims ranged in age from 35 to 60, police said.
There were 39 people at the mosque who were not injured.
The president of the mosque told the Montreal Gazette he received a call around 8 p.m. saying there had been a shooting. He said people were at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec for regular evening prayers.
“This is a terrible event,” Mohamed Yangui said. “We’re in a state of shock, I can’t find words to describe it.”
Yangui said five people were killed and many others injured. He said men, women and children attend evening prayers.
The mosque has about 5,000 members and is one of six in the Quebec City region.

Last June, worshippers at the same mosque discovered the severed head of a pig left in front of one of the doors, wrapped in cellophane with bows and ribbon, and a card that said “bonne appétit.”

Three weeks later, an Islamophobic letter titled “What is the most serious: a pig’s head or a genocide” was distributed in the vicinity.
But Yangui said the mosque had not received any threats recently.
“We have a very good relationship with the neighbours, with the community,” he said. “There’s mutual respect — and now today we have this dramatic event.”
The mosque has several video cameras and Yangui said their footage might be able to help with the police investigation.
A man who said he was a witness to the attack told Radio-Canada two masked suspects entered the mosque. The man said the men appeared to have thick Québécois accents and shouted “Allahu akbar” as they began shooting. He said the bullets struck people who were praying.
Quebec City police spokesperson Étienne Doyon told reporters that police received a first call around 7:55 p.m. on Sunday, stating shots had been heard at the mosque.

01-30-2017, 07:20 AM

Quebec City Mosque Shooting: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Published 9:13 pm EST, January 29, 2017 Updated 9:54 am EST, January 30, 2017

1. Witnesses Said Gunmen, Armed With an ‘AK-47,’ Opened Fire Upon About 40 Worshippers While Yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’

2. The Suspects Are Students at a Quebec City University & Were Not Previously Known to Police

Two suspects, Alexandre Bissonnette and Mohamed Khadir, were taken into custody after the shooting, police told reporters at the scene.

Bissonnette, 27, is a native of Quebec, while Khadir, who is in his 20s or 30s, is of Moroccan descent, TVA News reports.

A source told Radio-Canada both suspects are students at Université Laval, a French-language, public college in Quebec City. There are about 28,500 undergraduate students and 8,500 graduate students attending the school.

01-30-2017, 07:39 PM
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