Six people were killed and eight others wounded in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City on Sunday night. The Quebec Provincial Police spokeswoman, Christine Coulombe, said some of those injured are in grave condition. Fifty people were believed to be at the Quebec Islamic cultural center when the two gunman opened fire. They have both been arrested — one at the scene and the other nearby in d’Orleans.
Authorities are treating the incident as a terror attack. A witness claims the terrorists shouted “Allahu Akbar” before opening fire at the mosque. Though the identities of the shooters have not yet been released, TVA Nouvelles is reporting that one of the suspects is of Arab origin, while the other is believed to be from Quebec.
One of the gunmen was allegedly carrying an AK-47 assault rifle and one is 27 years old, according to local newspaper le Soleil.
“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge,” said Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
“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.”
— Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) January 30, 2017