Six people dead in terrorist attack after gunmen open fire in mosque in Canada 5 years ago

Six people dead in terrorist attack after gunmen open fire in mosque in Canada

An attack was carried out by three gunmen in a mosque in Quebec on Sunday night.

Six people were killed and another eight people were injured following a shooting in a mosque in the Canadian city of Quebec on Sunday night.

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According to local newspaper Le Soleil, two of three gunmen that carried out the shooting were arrested on Sunday night, while the third suspect is believed to be on the run.

Approximately 50 people were believed to be inside the Québec City Islamic cultural center when the shooting was carried out during evening prayers on Sunday night; the first calls to police were reported shortly before 8pm.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement condemning the shooting, calling it a “terrorist attack” and saying that it was “heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence”.

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“It was with tremendous shock, sadness and anger that I heard of this evening’s tragic and fatal shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec located in the Ste-Foy neighbourhood of the city of Québec,” Trudeau said.

“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge.

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“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of all those who have died, and we wish a speedy recovery to those who have been injured.

“While authorities are still investigating and details continue to be confirmed, it is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence. Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear.

“Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country. Canadian law enforcement agencies will protect the rights of all Canadians, and will make every effort to apprehend the perpetrators of this act and all acts of intolerance.

“Tonight, we grieve with the people of Ste-Foy and all Canadians.”

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