Que­bec mosque shoot­ing claims 6 lives

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QUE­BEC CITY: Six peo­ple were killed and eight wounded when gun­men opened fire at a Que­bec mosque dur­ing Sun­day night prayers, in what Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau called a “ter­ror­ist at­tack on Mus­lims”.

Po­lice said two sus­pects had been ar­rested, but gave no de­tails about them or what prompted the at­tack.

Ini­tially, the mosque pres­i­dent said five peo­ple were killed and a wit­ness said up to three gun­men had fired on about 40 peo­ple in­side the Que­bec City Is­lamic Cul­tural Cen­tre. Po­lice said only two peo­ple were in­volved in the at­tack.

“Six peo­ple are con­firmed dead – they range in age from 35 to about 70,” Que­bec pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son Chris­tine Coulombe said, adding that eight peo­ple were wounded and 39 were un­harmed.

The mosque’s pres­i­dent, Mo­hamed Yan­gui, who was not in­side when the shoot­ing oc­curred, said he got fran­tic calls from peo­ple at evening prayers.

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau said: “We con­demn this ter­ror­ist at­tack on Mus­lims in a cen­tre of wor­ship and refuge.

“Mus­lim-Cana­di­ans are an im­por­tant part of our na­tional fab­ric, and th­ese sense­less acts have no place in our com­mu­ni­ties, cities or coun­try.”

The shoot­ing came on the week­end that Trudeau said Canada would wel­come refugees, af­ter US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump sus­pended the US refugee pro­gramme and tem­po­rar­ily barred cit­i­zens from seven Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries from en­ter­ing the US on na­tional se­cu­rity grounds. Reuters –

A po­lice of­fi­cer looks for po­ten­tial ev­i­dence af­ter two gun­men opened fire at the Que­bec Is­lamic Cul­tural Cen­tre. PIC­TURE: EPA

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