Canadian PM Justin Trudeau says Quebec City mosque shooting a terrorist attack on Muslims
The incident comes barely a day after Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, in a Twitter post, said: "To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada. "
Six people were killed and eight were injured after gunmen opened fire at a Quebec City mosque, a shooting that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned today as a "terrorist attack on Muslims"
According to a Reuters report, a witness said that up to three gunmen fired on about 40 people inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center. Following the incident, police put up a security perimeter around the mosque.
Quebec police confirmed the shooting at a Quebec mosque in a tweet, and police on the scene said there had been fatalities."There are many victims ... there are deaths," a Quebec police spokesman told reporters.
A police tweet said there were deaths and injuries and that suspects had been arrested. "Why is this happening here? This is barbaric," said the mosque's president, Mohamed Yangui. In June 2016, a pig's head was left on the doorstep of the cultural center.
"It seemed to me that they had a Quebecois accent. They started to fire, and when they shot they yelled, 'Allahu akbar!' The bullets hit people that were praying. People who were praying lost their lives. A bullet passed right over my head," a witness told French-language radio channel Radio Canada.
The incident comes barely a day after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a Twitter post, said: "To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada. [sic]"