Quebec mosque shooting that killed six people Sunday night has been termed as a terrorist attack by the Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau. The cold-blooded killing of the worshippers at the Québec City Islamic cultural center in Quebec City left the whole city and the rest of Canada shocked.
Officials claim that several people who were injured in the unprovoked firing by three well-armed assailants are also in critical condition and being treated in different hospitals of the Quebec City.
Reports suggest that worshipers who had gathered for isha (night) prayers were targeted. There were around 50 worshipers in the mosque and 15 people were either killed or grievously injured in the assault.
Christine Coulombe, Quebec provincial police spokeswoman said that one suspect was arrested at the scene and another nearby in d’Orleans, Quebec. Police say they don’t believe there are other suspects. They did not release names of the two.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard while confirming that it was a hate crime said that “The Muslim community was the target of this murderous attack”. He went on to add that there will be solidarity rallies across Quebec on Monday and says the province’s people will all be together to express horror.
In the meantime Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre President Mohamed Yangui said the shooting happened in the men’s section of the mosque.
In a statement Canadian President said, “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge…On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of all those who have died, and we wish a speedy recovery to those who have been injured”.
He went on to add, “while authorities are still investigating and details continue to be confirmed, 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.”
The Quebec City killings have raised similar threats in the US. New York City Mayor Bill Blasio said that he was saddened by the loss of life and that people of New York City stood together with the victims. “NYPD is providing additional protection for mosques in the city. All New Yorkers should be vigilant. If you see something, say something…Our prayers tonight are with the people of Quebec City as they deal with a terrible attack on a mosque. We must stand together”, Blasio said.