6 dead, 8 injured in Canada’s Quebec mosque shooting

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588eb106ee5c2According to the local police, six people died and eight injured when a gunmen opened fire at a Quebec city mosque in Canada.

“Six people are confirmed dead – they range in age from 35 to about 70,” said Spokeswoman of National Police of Quebec, Christine Coulombe.

Quebec Provincial Police said the two suspects had been arrested, however the police has got no details about them or what prompted the attack.

The spokesperson said 39 people who were at the mosque during the shooting were unharmed.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it a “terrorist attack on Muslims”.

The police officials have set up a perimeter around the mosque.

The mosque’s president, Mohamed Yangui, who was not inside when the shooting occurred, said he got frantic calls from people at evening prayers and was baffled when he heard that people were being taken to hospital.

“Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,” said the mosque’s president, Mohamed Yangui.

Trudeau said in a statement: “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,” he added.

“The terrorists wanted to attack the spirit of peace and tolerance of the citizens of Quebec,” said French President Francois Hollande while condemning the attack.

“France stands shoulder to shoulder with the victims and their families,” he said in a statement.

The attack on Quebec Islamic Cultural Center comes within a week after Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau said that he would welcome refugees irrespective of their faith and belief, after US President Donald Trump barred citizens from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States.

While Canada has been forging efforts to maintain its secular and liberal character, it has faced many blasphemous acts in the past.

In June 2016, a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of the cultural center. It got tinted with Islamophobia when there was a controversy over banning niqab in line with the religious stunts of France but the Prime Minster criticized the ban maintaining the existence of diverse culture of Canada.

In his election campaigns he staunchly supported the infusion of immigrants and religious freedom for which he got victory against his conservative rival Stephen Harper.