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Shooting in Canada's mosque: six people killed
09:31, 30 January 2017
Shooting in Canada's mosque: six people killed

There were 40 people in the building when the incident happened

09:31, 30 January 2017

Reuters

Six people were killed and eight were wounded when gunmen opened fire at a Quebec mosque during Sunday night prayers. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it a "terrorist attack on Muslims".

Police said two suspects had been arrested, but gave no details about them or what prompted the attack. This was reported by Reuters.


"Six people are confirmed dead - they range in age from 35 to about 70," Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe told reporters, adding eight people were wounded and 39 were unharmed.

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Incidents of Islamophobia have increased in Quebec in recent years. The face-covering, or niqab, became a big issue in the 2015 Canadian federal election, especially in Quebec, where the majority of the population supported a ban on it at citizenship ceremonies.

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In 2013, police investigated after a mosque in the Saguenay region of the province was splattered with what was believed to be pig blood. In the neighboring province of Ontario, a mosque was set on fire in 2015, a day after an attack by gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris.

Earlier it was reported Ukraine's Foreign Ministry condemns terrorist attacks in Egypt, Israel, Iraq and Turkey. "We express our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed, and wish a quick and full recovery to the wounded," noted in the department.

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