January 30, 2017

Six die in
Canada mosque

 Police comb outside the mosque in Quebec City after the attack. — Reuters

AT least six people were killed and several wounded after gunmen opened fire at a mosque in Quebec City late Sunday.

What we know about the attack?

> Two suspects in the shooting were arrested.

> Police did not rule out the possibility of a third suspect who had fled the scene.

> Motive of the attack was not immediately clear.

Quebec police said the mosque is secured and occupants evacuated.

Dozens were inside the Islamic Cultural Centre when the shooting began just after 8pm, CBC reported.

The centre's director said at least five people were killed, but that information had not been confirmed by police.

According to witnesses, two men entered the centre and opened fire on the people inside.

Why is this happening here? This is barbaric!

 Mosque president
Mohamed Yangui
Police officers secure the area as occupants in the mosque were evacuated. — Reuters

Premier of Quebec Philippe Couillard said the government was "mobilised to ensure the security of the people of Quebec".

Quebec categorically rejects this barbaric violence. Solidarity with Quebec people of Muslim faith.


The Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec, which is also known as the grand mosque of Quebec, had already been the target of hate. A pig's head was left on the doorstep last June during the month of Ramadan.


The latest Canadian census (2011) shows one out of five people in the country are foreign-born. Canada has welcomed more than 39,670 Syrian refugees between November 2015 and early January 2017. 

Source: Agencies