At least 6 persons were feared dead with eight others wounded after a shooting at a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers, in an attack that Canada’s prime minister called an act of terrorism.
It was gathered that scores of Muslims were at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre at the time of Sunday’s attack.
Some of the wounded were gravely injured, Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe said early Monday, with the dead ranged in age from age 35 to 70, she added.
Police arrested one suspect at the scene and another nearby in d’Orleans, Quebec. They also do not believe there are other suspects.
They didn’t release the names of the two, and didn’t immediately speculate on a possible motive.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard both characterized the attack as a terrorist act, which came amid heightened tensions worldwide over President Donald Trump’s travel ban on several Muslim countries.
“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge,” Trudeau said in a statement.
“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.”
“Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country.”
The shooting came on the weekend that Trudeau said Canada would welcome refugees, after Trump suspended the U.S. refugee program and temporarily barred citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States on national security grounds.