Jan 30, 2017
By Jane Brown
By 10:40 Sunday night, police in Quebec City said the situation was under control.
A mass shooting at about 8pm at a mosque left six people dead and eight injured. Investigators say the two suspects have been arrested. It’s been confirmed as a terror attack by police as well as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.
Trudeau said it a statement “Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country.”
Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume says rallies will be held today to show solidarity with the Muslim community.
“I would tell Muslim citizens that we’re going to support them, we’re behind them and that I have to say, we love them,” said Labeaume.
Thirty-nine people escaped the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec without injuries. Police say men were praying on the ground floor of the building when the attack happened. Women and children were upstairs.
One report quotes an unnamed witness as saying that two masked individuals entered the mosque, and started to fire as they yelled “Allahu Akbar”, which is an Islamic phrase which means “Allah is the greatest.”
Quebec’s public security minister says places of worship across the province have been placed under surveillance.
Police in Quebec City say they are working with the RCMP and provincial police.