Que­bec City mosque says pres­i­dent’s car de­lib­er­ately set on fire

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

QUE­BEC — A Que­bec City mosque where six men were shot dead in Jan­uary says a car be­long­ing to its pres­i­dent was set on fire ear­lier this month, the mosque said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day.

The mosque said the in­ci­dent oc­curred on Aug. 6 at about 1:30 a.m. in the drive­way of Mo­hamed Labidi’s home. It stated the car was a to­tal loss and that the fire also spread to the hedge of the home. “We re­main on the look­out for any progress in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and we hope charges will be brought against these crim­i­nals once they are iden­ti­fied,” the state­ment read. “This hate­ful crime to­ward (Labidi) and his fam­ily are the lat­est in a long se­ries of hate­ful acts against our or­ga­ni­za­tion.” Que­bec City po­lice did not com­ment but were to hold a news con­fer­ence later Wed­nes­day to address the mat­ter.

Que­bec City Mayor Regis Labeaume said he was shocked and “pro­foundly dis­ap­pointed” to hear the news and said the tim­ing was likely not a co­in­ci­dence.

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