Quebec: At least 6 people were reported dead and 8 were injured in a shooting incident at Islamic cultural center Mosque.
According to media reports, Gunmen opened fire during evening prayers in an Islamic cultural center in the capital city of Canada’s French-speaking province. Quebec’s police said they arrested two male suspects and they did not believe there were others involved.
Children as young as three were among dozens of worshippers inside the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre, in the Sainte-Foy area of the city, when the massacre began during evening prayers.
In the aftermath witnesses described a chaotic scene as they scrambled for safety and heavily-armed police stormed the building in their hunt for two suspects – one of whom called police and told them he “felt bad” for what he had allegedly done.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement said, “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge. “Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country.” Philippe Couillard, Quebec’s premier, also condemned the act as “barbaric violence”.
The men who were arrested are residents of Quebec City, the provincial capital, who attend university in the city of Laval, and one is of Moroccan origin, reported French-language Radio-Canada.