Update: Quebec police say six dead, eight wounded in mosque shooting.
Update: Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemns Quebec City mosque shooting as ‘terrorist attack’.
Ottawa: Five people were killed after gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque at around 8pm during evening prayers, the mosque’s president told on Sunday.
Earlier, a witness told that up to three gunmen fired on about 40 worshipers inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center. Most of the people inside the building were men.
Initial reports from CBC’s French-language service Radio-Canada suggest that as many as three shooters began firing.
Quebec City Police have confirmed that two suspects in the shooting were arrested. Police did not rule out the possibility of a third suspect who had fled the scene. The motive of the attack was not immediately clear. Police set up a perimeter around the mosque.
The deadly shooting unfolded following a weekend which has seen Trump’s divisive and controversial ‘Muslim immigration ban’ spark widespread protests across America.
It sparked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to remark that his country remains open to all immigration. He tweeted, ‘To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength.’