Alexandre Bissonnette, Mohamed Khadir Identified As Quebec Mosque Shooting Suspects

Casey Mills
January 30, 2017

The prime minister said the government had offered "any and all assistance needed".

In the neighbouring province of Ontario, a mosque was set on fire in 2015, a day after an attack by gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris. Court clerk Isabelle Ferland identified Alexandre Bissonnette and Mohamed el Khadir as the suspects.

When asked to account for how this attack could occur if Quebec is indeed an open society, Couillard said, "Horror exists" and that while we may have thought we were immune to horrors going on in the rest of the world, clearly that is not the case.

Two suspects were arrested and police said they don't believe there are other suspects.

Premier Rachel Notley said in a statement that she is "heartbroken" to hear of the deadly shooting.

He was arrested near Ile d'Orleans around 9 p.m.

It stressed that Ankara would continue to stand in solidarity with its ally "in the face of this heinous attack targeting the peace in Canada where many people from different races and religions live in harmony". He said the gunmen took aim at those who were still praying.

In a statement, Mr Trudeau said: "We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge".

He said in a statement that it is "heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence" and he vowed that Canadian law enforcement "will make every effort to apprehend the perpetrators of this act and all acts of intolerance".

Canada's southern neighbor also reacted to the attack.

The male victims range in age from 39 to 60 years old, and had gathered for prayers at the Islamic Cultural Centre in a suburb of Quebec City. Neither man was known to the police prior to the shooting, which killed six and injured dozens. We must defend each other, and we must look after one another: one religious community after the other, one country after the other.

"Hard to believe in such a peaceful, lovely city that such a thing could happen but it has happened obviously", said Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.

"Our prayers tonight are with the people of Quebec City as they deal with a bad attack on a mosque".

Two individuals have been arrested in relation to the attack.

At the press conference, police provided a brief timeline of how the incident unfolded.

More than 50 people were at the mosque when shots were fired. He wrote, "The #Québec rejects categorically this barbaric violence".

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