Published: Thu, February 02, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Several Dead After Gunmen Open Fire During Evening Prayers

Several Dead After Gunmen Open Fire During Evening Prayers

Reaction from Canada's leaders meanwhile has been unanimous in expressing shock and condemnation over the attack and killings at the mosque in Ste Foy, just outside Quebec City. "While there are no credible threats in Boston area at this time, the Boston Police Department has been in contact with our local mosques and will increase visibility and patrols in the area of those locations".

A French-Canadian university student is the sole suspect in a shooting at a Quebec City mosque and had been charged with the premeditated murder of six people, Canadian authorities said late on Monday. "People who were praying lost their lives".

Both were arrested soon after the shooting occurred at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center and are expected to appear in court Monday, according to the police.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the shooting as an "act of terrorism" on Muslims.

"Tonight, Canadians grieve for those killed in a cowardly attack on a mosque in Quebec City", he tweeted.

The six men killed ranged in age from 39 to 60, said Inspector Martin Plante of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Over the weekend, Mr. Trudeau said Canada would welcome refugees, his response to an executive order by Mr. Trump on Friday to halt the USA refugee programme, and to temporarily bar citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. "It is an attack on the deepest values of Canadians, openness, diversity, and freedom of religion", said Trudeau.

The shooting took place at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre at roughly 7:55 pm, the Montreal Gazette reported, and an eyewitness told CBC News that two gunmen with masks entered the mosque and yelled "Allahu akbar" as they fired into the crowd.

"We have to open our doors even more", he said.

Iran is condemning the deadly shooting at a Quebec mosque, calling it "inhumane and criminal". All New Yorkers should be vigilant.

In June, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a pig's head was left at the same mosque with a note reading, "Bon appetit". A special anti-terrorist unit, made up of members of the provincial and municipal police forces, together with RCMP officials, has been set up to lead the investigation, he said. "If you see something, say something", New York City Mayor Bill Blasio said on Twitter.

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