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Two students arrested for attack at mosque in Quebec City, Canada killing six people

January 29, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Two students arrested for attack at mosque in Quebec City, Canada killing six people

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Canadian authorities have arrested two students for the mass shooting during Sunday evening prayers at a Quebec City mosque that killed six people and injured another eight in what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called an act of terrorism.

An eyewitness told Reuters the gunmen shouted “Allah Akbar” in a Quebecois accent as they opened fire shortly before 8 p.m. inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center, which had 50 people at the time of the incident

Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe said the deceased range in age from 35 to 70.

Police arrested one suspect at the scene. A second was arrested 15 miles away during an ensuing chase, the Daily Mail reported.

People gathered near the cultural center after the mass shooting last night

Officials have not released the names of the assailants but believe both suspects are students at Quebec’s Université Laval.

Coulombe said an investigation to determine a motive is underway.

“Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,” Mohamed Yangui, the president of the mosque told reporters.

Yangui, who was not present inside the mosque at the time of the shooting, said he received frantic calls from people during the prayer session but did not how many were injured, only that multiple people had been transported to several hospitals across Quebec City.

The mass shooting comes in the wake of heightened global tensions over President Donald Trump’s recent Executive Orders, which instituted a temporary travel ban for immigrants from several Muslim countries.

Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard both portrayed the attack as a terrorist act.

“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge, 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,” 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,” he said.

Incidents of Islamophobia has increased in Quebec in recent years amid a political debate over banning the niqab, or Muslim face covering.

Police launched an investigation in 2013 after a mosque in the Saguenay region of Quebec was splattered with what officials suspected to be pigs blood.

Also, a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of the cultural center back in June 2016.

And in 2015, a mosque was set on fire in the neighboring province of Ontario, the day after an attack by gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris.

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