Six people have been killed and eight injured at a mosque in Québec City, police have said, in a shooting Canada’s prime minister denounced as a “terrorist attack”.
The shooting was carried out by three people at the Québec City Islamic cultural center, witnesses said, and happened during evening prayers on Sunday. Police received the first calls just before 8pm.
Two arrests have been made, a police spokesman said. Local newspaper Le Soleil said police accepted a third suspect could still be on the run, though spokeswoman Chistine Coulombe later said: “Nothing right now makes us believe that there would be other suspects related to this event.”
One of the suspects was carrying an AK-47 assault rifle and one was aged 27, Le Soleil reported.
Trudeau spoke of his anger after hearing the news: “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge.
Well – maybe if Trudeau took a more hardline approach like President Trump things may have been different.
Already those on Twitter have been quick to criticize the Canadian Prime Minister:
— Patriot for Trump (@Corrupt_HRC) January 30, 2017
Only hours earlier, Trump tweeted the need for extreme vetting and strong borders. Unfortunately, Canada took no notice of his advice and were far too late to act.
Rest in peace.
Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world – a horrible mess!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017