Quebec City terrorist attack on mosque kills 6, injures 8
|globalnews.ca 30 Jan 2017 at 00:16|
Six people were killed and eight more injured during a shooting at a Quebec City mosque, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) said on Sunday night.
Police and public officials have treated the incident at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec as an act of terrorism.
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Two men have been arrested and it’s too early to determine any motive, SQ spokesperson Christine Coulombe told reporters on Sunday.
Thirty-nine other people survived the attack, she added.
Local reports say the 911 call came in around 7:55 p.m. ET.
“Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,” the mosque’s president, Mohamed Yangui, told Reuters.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard repeatedly called for solidarity in a news conference on Sunday.
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a message to Quebec’s Muslim community he said, “We are with you, this is your home, we are all Quebecers.”
Couillard added that he doesn’t expect further terrorist attacks, but that people need to be prepared.
He also said numerous events would be held in Quebec City to “indicate our solidarity.”
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Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume, who was sitting with Couillard, said, “We wouldn’t think it could happen in such a peaceful city, but it did.
“So I will just say to our fellow citizens, Muslim citizens, that we’re going to support them, we’re behind them, and I have to say, we love them.”
Police said the situation is now under control and RCMP and the Sûreté du Québec are helping with the investigation.
Quebec newspaper La Presse also said another suspect led police on a chase to the Ile d’Orléans but police wouldn’t comment saying the investigation was ongoing.
A video posted on the official and an ambulance on scene.
The Centre, which is located in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood of Quebec City, was also the target of vandalism .
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attack cowardly and said his thoughts were with the victims and their families.
“Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country,” the prime minister said in a statement .
“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 Sainte-Foy and all Canadians.”
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he was deeply saddened by the loss, and that the government is closely monitoring the situation.
Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume said the city is in shock tonight following the attack.
“Violence and intolerance against anyone, groups or individuals, is simply unjustifiable and unacceptable,” he wrote in a statement.
“My first thoughts go out to the families of the victims and to all of the worshippers of the mosque in Sainte-Foy. The entire city is with you and we will be at your side as you go through this terrible ordeal, which is beyond belief.
“Let us remain united, as solidarity is the best response we can offer in the face of this human tragedy. Let us hope for courage. We will need it in the days to come!”
The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) also condemned the attack and said Islamophobia is on the rise in Canada.
“The fact that the attack was on a mosque strongly suggests that this was a hate crime and an act of terrorism. This is the nightmare scenario that Canadian Muslims have been dreading,” Ihsaan Gardee, NCCM’s Executive Director, said in a statement.
“There is already a growing and documented climate of Islamophobia in Canada. There are legitimate fears that Trump’s so-called Muslim ban and accompanying rhetoric will lead to more hate, and further acts of violence like this.”
But he also thanked fellow Canadians for their support.
“We are heartened by the overwhelming support of fellow Canadians in this time of deep crisis. We must unite together against divisive forces that seek to harm our communities,” says Gardee.
Fusillade au Centre culturel islamique: le gouvernement est mobilisé pour assurer la sécurité de la population de #Québec . #polqc
Unissons-nous contre la violence. Solidarité avec les Québécois de confession musulmane.
My thoughts and prayers are w/ the victims, their families & community in Ste-Foy tonight. GoC is closely monitoring the unfolding situation
When Muslims hear of a death, we say Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji un – We belong to God, and to him we return. I say for Quebec tonight.
The flag at Quebec’s National Assembly will fly at half-mast at Couillard’s request.
Over 5,000 people who plan to attend a vigil for the victims at Montreal’s Parc subway station on Monday.
Another vigil is set to take place in Vancouver on the same day.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said he was in contact with his Chief of Police and has beefed up surveillance around the city.
Montreal police chief Philippe Pichet has confirmed that security is being tightened in “specific locations” in Montreal. He also said he will meet with Muslim leaders in the morning to continue the discussion.
Police in New York are also on alert in certain locations, and the state’s governor said New York “stands shoulder to shoulder w QC Islamic Cultural Center & all Canadians.”
Just in from the NYPD: After the Quebec City mosque shooting, they re giving special attention to houses of worship/certain mosques pic.twitter.com/3xdAqXPuXC