6 dead, 2 arrested after shooting at Quebec City mosque
Quebec, 29.01.2017 (CBC) – Quebec provincial police say six people are dead and eight were wounded after shots were fired inside a mosque on Sunday night during evening prayers. Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Christine Coulombe says the victims range in age from 35 to 70. Some of the wounded are considered to be in critical condition.
Thirty-nine people escaped the Islamic cultural centre of Quebec in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood without injuries, according to Coulombe.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said it was obvious that the shooting should be treated as an act of terrorism. “It’s an murderous act directed at a specific community,” he said at a press conference just after 1:30 a.m. “I think the majority of citizens, not just in Quebec but elsewhere, would describe it that way.” Earlier Couillard said that “Quebec categorically rejects this barbaric violence” and offered solidarity with the families of the victims.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the shooting, which he described as a “terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge,” in a statement. “Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country,” said Trudeau.
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