Québec City mosque shooting: six dead as Trudeau condemns ‘terrorist attack’
The Guardian – Ashifa Kassam/Québec City-Jamiles Lartey/New York – Monday 30 January 2017
One suspect held after fatal shooting on Sunday night as Canadian prime minister condemns act as senseless violence.
Six people have been killed and another 18 wounded after a gunmen opened fire at a mosque in Québec City, in an act condemned as a “terrorist attack” by Canada’s prime minister.
More than 50 people were at the Québec City Islamic cultural center, also known as the Grande Mosquée de Québec, for evening prayers on Sunday when shooting erupted in the two-storey building.
Two men have been arrested, but police later said that only one of them was considered a suspect. Initial reports suggested a third suspect was still on the run, but police said they were no longer looking for anyone else in connection with the shooting.
In a news conference on Monday morning, Québec province and city officials declined to provide any details about the two men who were arrested.
Québec City police inspector Denis Turcotte said that one of the menhad been arrested on the scene of the attack. The second was captured about an hour later after calling into 911 and identifying himself as involved, sharing his location with authorities and letting them know he was armed.
“Nothing indicates to us that there was anyone else involved,” said Martin Plante, a superintendent with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Plante added that the suspects were previously “unknown” to police.
Those who died ranged in age from 35 to 60. Another five people remain in hospital – several of them in intensive care – while 13 people have been released, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Speaking in parliament, prime minister Justin Trudeau said that the victims were targeted simply because of their religion and spoke directly to the more than 1 million Muslims who live in Canada, saying, “We are with you.”
“Thirty-six million hearts are breaking with yours,” Trudeau said. “Know that we value you.”
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