By Constance Renton
By Constance Renton
Quebec City – A shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada has resulted in multiple fatalities and police fear more are wounded after shots rang out just after 8p.m. Sunday evening.
According to reports from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), several people are dead after shots were fired inside of a mosque in Quebec City, Canada.
Reports from the CBC’s French-language radio news service, Radio-Canada, say the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec was targeted while people were gathered for worship in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood of the city. Quebec City Police Constable Etienne Doyon stated that the people gathered inside the mosque for evening prayers were mostly men.
According to the Montreal bureau of CBC News, 2 men have been arrested but police are making no further comment at the moment. A large perimeter has been erected around the mosque.
The number of dead has not been released, nor has a specific number of wounded or their current medical conditions. The director of the centre reported numbered the dead at least five but this has not yet been confirmed.
The same source is also reporting that Provincial Premier, Philippe Couillard, tweeted that the province is mobilizing every resource at its disposal to “assure the safety of Quebec City residents.” Couillard added that “Quebec categorically rejects this barbaric violence.” He offered solidarity with the families of the dead and wounded on behalf of the province.
Canadian Televison News (CTV), another Canadian network, is reporting the mosque’s president, Mohamed Yangui, as saying, “Why is this happening here? This is barbaric.”
CBC is also reporting that this is not the first time the mosque has been targeted. Just last June a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of the mosque during the holy month of Ramadan.
According to CTV, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also issued a short statement saying, “Tonight, Canadians grieve for those killed in a cowardly attack on a mosque in Quebec City. My thoughts are with victims and their families.”