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30 Jan 2017

Shooting at Canadian mosque leaves 6 dead

Shooting at Canadian mosque leaves 5 dead

At least six people were killed and eight wounded after gunmen opened fire at a mosque in Canada's Quebec City.

Police have arrested two suspects over the attack but haven't released information about their motive.

The shooting comes after Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said his country would welcome refugees and migrants from the seven Muslim-majority countries blocked by US President Donald Trump.

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Shooting at Canadian mosque leaves 5 dead

PM Trudeau condemns "terrorist attack" on mosque

"We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. "Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country," he added.

Mass shootings rare in Canada

Rising Islamophobia

Mass shootings rare in Canada

Unlike neighbouring America, Canada has stricter gun laws which makes mass shootings a rarity in the country.

The shooting sent a shockwave through community centres and mosques across Canada's Quebec province.

There's been an increase in cases of Islamophobia in the state over recent years.

In June last year, during Ramzan, a pig's head was left at the same mosque which was attacked today.

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New York steps up protection for mosques after Quebec shooting

In response to the Quebec shooting, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said police are providing additional security for mosques in the city. "All New Yorkers should be vigilant. If you see something, say something," de Blasio tweeted.

31 Jan 2017

French-Canadian student arrested, charged over Quebec mosque shooting

27-year-old French-Canadian student Alexandre Bissonnette has been charged over the fatal shooting of six people at a Quebec mosque.

19 people were wounded in the attack, of whom, two remain in critical condition.

The activist group Welcome to Refugees said Bissonnette was known for his far-right views.

Vigils have been held across Canada in memory of those killed and injured in the attack.

US says shooting a reminder for Trump's immigration policy's importance

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the mosque shooting is "a terrible reminder of why we must remain vigilant and why the president is taking steps to be pro-active, rather than reactive when it comes to our nation's safety and security."

Quebec shooting: Suspect rented house close to mosque

01 Feb 2017

Quebec shooting: Suspect rented house close to mosque

Neighbours of Alexandre Bissonnette, the French-Canadian student accused of killing six people in a Quebec mosque said he rented an apartment close to the mosque before the shooting.

He has been charged with 6 counts of murder and 5 counts of attempted murder.

Meanwhile, Canadian officials lambasted a Fox News tweet that falsely suggested that the suspect was a Moroccan national.

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