Five people were killed after gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque
during evening prayers on Sunday, the mosque’s president told
Earlier, a witness told Reuters that up to three gunmen opened fire on
about 40 people inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center. Police
put up a security perimeter around the mosque after the shooting.
Heavily armed tactical police were seen entering the mosque
Quebec police spokesperson said:
“There are many victims … there are deaths”.
A police tweet said there were deaths and injuries and that two suspects had been arrested.
“Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,” said the mosque’s president, Mohamed Yangui.
Earlier, on Saturday, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, had
invited refugees who were fleeing persecution to come to Canada in two
tweets. He wrote:
identity with a rising Muslim population, mainly North African
The niqab, became a big issue in the 2015 national Canadian election,
especially in Quebec, where the vast majority of the population
supported a ban on it at citizenship ceremonies. Incidents of
Islamophobia have increased in Quebec in recent years.
after it was splattered with what was believed to be pig blood.