Canadian mosque attack: Only one of the arrested is considered a suspect

Shots fired at Quebec City mosque
Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center
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31 January, 2017

"We are with you", Mr. Trudeau said in Parliament, speaking to Muslims across the country.

At least 12 other people were taken to hospital, two of whom were in critical condition, said the Centre Hospitalier Universite Laval.

The centre, one of the biggest mosques in the area, offers a range of activities for families and children, including Arabic lessons and instruction in the Koran and cultural practices.

Six people were killed and eight wounded in the gun attack at the mosque during Sunday night prayers.

"It's a bad reminder of why we must remain vigilant and why the president is taking steps to be proactive and not reactive on issues of national security", he said at a news conference Monday afternoon. And local police did apparently arrest two suspects at first: both Bissonnette along with el Khadir.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the shooting "a terrorist attack on Muslims" but gave no details of a possible Muslim-against-Muslim cause.

They didn't say which one remains the suspect in yesterday's attack which killed six people and injured more than a dozen others.

Police said early Monday they were confident no other suspects were involved in the attack.

"It's really important for communities to come together at times like this so that's why it was important for us to make sure that different communities, not only the Muslim community in Calgary but different communities to stand for this and we've had a lot of people reach out to us", said Iman Bukhari with the organization.

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"It is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence", Trudeau said.

The Canadian prime minister's office said Mr Trump expressed his condolences to Mr Trudeau and the Canadian people and offered to provide any assistance needed.

While Canada is generally very welcoming towards immigrants and those from different religions, the French-speaking province of Quebec has struggled to reconcile its secular identity with a rising Muslim population.

"Quebec is a good, generally loving society but we have these devils as other societies have", Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said.

Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume said: "No person should have to pay with their life, for their race, their colour, their sexual orientation or their religious beliefs".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer alluded to the Quebec City mosque shooting while discussing the reasons for President Donald Trump's travel ban.

In June, a pig's head was left at the entrance of the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec during Ramadan. Practising Muslims do not eat pork.

When pressed for his specific thoughts on the immigration ban, Bains would only say Canada is making its values known through its actions.

A father of four, the owner of a halal butcher near the mosque, was among those killed, said Pamela Sakinah El-hayet, a friend of one of the people at the mosque. "I think that's a good idea". Police have ramped up their patrol efforts around mosques in various parts of the country, and New York City police have followed suit.


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