Monday 27th March, 2017
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Canada mosque shooting: 6 killed, 8 wounded

Canada mosque shooting: 6 killed, 8 wounded

Six people have been killed and anoth­er eight wounded in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, po­lice say.
Shots were fired at the Quebec Islam­ic Cultural Centre on Sunday night, where more than 50 people had gathered for even­ing prayers.
One suspect was arrested at the scene and another was arrested nearby. Police do not believe there are other suspects at large.
The Canadian authorities are treating the shooting as a terror attack.
“We condemn this terrorist attack on Mus­lims in a centre of worship and refuge,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.
“Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country.”
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard also referred to the shooting as a terrorist attack.
The dead were aged between about 35 and 70 years old, police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe said. Some of those injured were in a serious condition, she said.
Police said the area was secure and the sit­uation was “under control”. Thirty-nine peo­ple had left the mosque safely, they said.
The Quebec authorities have not identi­fied the suspects, but Radio Canada quoted a source close to the investigation as saying that they were students at Laval University in Quebec City and one was of Moroccan origin.
An eyewitness told the radio station that two hooded people had burst into the mosque. One opened fire on those praying and shouted “Allahu Akbar”, Arabic for “God is Great”.

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