Quebec police confirm: "The premises are secure and the occupants have been evacuated. The investigation continues," the SPVQ wrote on Twitter.Quebec MP says deadly shooting at mosque is "a terrorist act that is...the result of years of demonising Muslims" https://t.co/H9PEImfv7Z pic.twitter.com/mBhzq0I3CR— Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) January 30, 2017
A witness, who asked to remain anonymous, told CBC's French-language service Radio-Canada that two masked individuals entered the mosque.
"It seemed to me that they had a Quebecois accent. They started to fire, and as they shot they yelled, 'Allahu akbar!' The bullets hit people that were praying. People who were praying lost their lives. A bullet passed right over my head," said the witness.Additionally, NYPD is steeping up patrol at all mosque/house-of-worship locations citywide, due to the shooting at a mosque in Quebec.
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As we detailed earlier, five people were killed after gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers, the mosque's president told reporters on Sunday Reuters reported. Police confirmed the shooting at a Quebec mosque in a tweet, confirming numerous fatalities.
"There are many victims ... there are deaths," a Quebec police spokesman told reporters.
Quebec City Constable Étienne Doyon told reporters that police received a call around 7:55 p.m. on Sunday, stating that shots had been heard at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec on Sainte-Foy St.
"Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,” said the mosque's president, Mohamed Yangui. In June 2016, a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of the cultural centre, Reuters added. Yangui, who luckily was not inside the mosque during the shooting, said he received frantic calls from people at evening prayers. He said the injured had been taken to different hospitals across Quebec City.
Horrible news of a shooting at a mosque in Quebec. Details still being sorted out. https://t.co/dSxBYtyvyi— Catherine Griwkowsky (@CGriwkowsky) January 30, 2017
Gigantesque déploiement policier devant la Grande mosquée de Québec sur le chemin Saint-Foy. Ambulance vient quitter. #rcqc #mosqueequebec pic.twitter.com/ilD3A7DSnE— Alexandre Duval (@alexduval88) January 30, 2017
One of the shooters at the Quebec City mosque used an AK-47, authorities say. https://t.co/GlLz7MibId pic.twitter.com/B2d2k2UHNu— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) January 30, 2017