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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:45 am    Post subject: Five killed in Quebec City mosque shooting ... Reply with quote

Five killed in Quebec City mosque shooting: mosque president


By Kevin Dougherty | QUEBEC CITY
Five people were killed after gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers, the mosque's president told reporters on Sunday, in an attack that shook residents of the Canadian city.

A witness told Reuters that up to three gunmen fired on about 40 people inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre.

"Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,” said the mosque's president, Mohamed Yangui.

Quebec police on the scene said there had been fatalities and that two people had been arrested. Quebec provincial police were considering whether it was an act of terrorism, according to an intelligence source who declined to be identified. There were no immediate details on the suspects.

"There are many victims ... there are deaths," a Quebec police‎ spokesman told reporters.

A witness said a heavily armed police tactical squad was seen entering the mosque. A police spokesman declined to say whether there was still a gunman inside the mosque.

Police tweeted later that the situation was under control and that the mosque had been secured and occupants evacuated.

Yangui, who was not inside the mosque when the shooting occurred, said he got frantic calls from people at evening prayers. He did not know how many were injured, saying they had been taken to different hospitals across Quebec City.

"Tonight, Canadians grieve for those killed in a cowardly attack on a mosque in Quebec City. My thoughts are with victims & their families," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.

The shooting came on the weekend that Trudeau said Canada would welcome refugees, after U.S. President Donald 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.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said police were providing additional protection for mosques in that city following the Quebec shooting. "All New Yorkers should be vigilant. If you see something, say something," he tweeted.


Like France, Quebec has struggled at times to reconcile its secular identity with a rising Muslim population, many of them North African emigrants.

In June 2016, a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of the cultural centre.

"We are not safe here," said Mohammed Oudghiri, who normally attends prayers at the mosque but not on Sunday.

Oudghiri said he had lived in Quebec for 42 years but was now "very worried" and thinking of moving back to Morocco.

Mass shootings are rare in Canada, which has stricter gun laws than the United States, and news of the shooting sent a shockwave through mosques and community centres throughout the mostly French-language province.


Canadian PM say mosque shooting a 'terrorist attack on Muslims'
"It’s a sad day for all Quebecers and Canadians to see a terrorist attack happen in peaceful Quebec City," said Mohamed Yacoub, co-chairman of an Islamic community centre in a Montreal suburb. "I hope it’s an isolated incident."

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 vast majority of the population supported a ban on it at citizenship ceremonies.

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.

Zebida Bendjeddou, who left the mosque earlier on Sunday evening, said the centre had received threats.

"In June, they'd put a pig's head in front of the mosque. But we thought: 'Oh, they're isolated events.' We didn't take it seriously. But tonight, those isolated events, they take on a different scope," she said.

Bendjeddou said she had not yet confirmed the names of those killed, but added: "They're people we know, for sure. People we knew since they were little kids."

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( still very little new information about what happened there , no names of the suspects or even there nationality , if they were even Canadians or not ? or what there motive might of been )

Quebec mosque 'terrorist' attack leaves six dead
Two suspects in custody as police search for answers


First posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 09:32 PM EST | Updated: Monday, January 30, 2017 06:45 AM EST

QUEBEC — In what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Philippe Couillard both called a “terrorist attack,” six people were killed and eight others injured in a shooting at a Quebec City mosque on Sunday.

Provincial police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe said 39 other people survived and that two suspects were in custody.

Coulombe said a joint terrorism task force that includes provincial police, the RCMP and Montreal police was deployed.

The victims are believed to be between 35 and about 70, she said.

One of the suspects was arrested not far from the mosque, while the other was arrested near Ile-d’Orleans, just east of Quebec City’s downtown core.

“For the moment, nothing leads us to believe there are other suspects linked to the event, but you’ll understand we’re not taking any chances and we’re making the necessary verifications to make sure there aren’t any,” Coulombe said.

Police would not talk about the type of weapon used in the slayings at the mosque, which had a pig’s head left outside the building last June.

Trudeau issued a statement Sunday to denounce the killings.

“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge,” he said.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of all those who have died, and we wish a speedy recovery to those who have been injured.”

Couillard also called the incident a terrorist attack and said the national assembly will lower flags to half-mast.

“All our solidarity is with those who are close to the victims, the injured and their families,” he said in a statement.

Couillard called a news conference early Monday morning and said there is no doubt in his mind the killings constituted an act of terrorism.

“This is a murderous act perpetrated against a specific community and with considerable means,” he said. “You can’t play around with semantics here.”

The premier made an impassioned plea to Quebec Muslims.

“We are with you, you are at home, you are welcome at home, we are all Quebecers,” he said. “We must continue to build a society together that is open, welcoming and peaceful. We will do it because we have the energy to do it and the will to do it.”

A live video feed on a Facebook page of the mosque showed images of multiple police vehicles and yellow police tape.

Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume attended the same news conference and said his thoughts went out to the victims and their families.

“We have the impression we are dreaming,” said Labeaume. “Quebec City, this magnificent city, is in mourning. I have often said in recent weeks that, despite the peace we have here, we are not immune (to attacks). Well, this has just proven that.”

The mosque issued a Facebook statement early Monday after confirmation of the six dead.

“All our thoughts are with the children who have to be told their father has died,” said the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec.

“May Allah give them patience and strength.”

Neighbourhood resident Carol-Ann Andrews said such an attack was “pretty surprising” for Quebec City.

“My thoughts went immediately to what was happening in the United States with all the laws and all the immigrants that are not allowed to come back,” she said.

“Unfortunately there are people in the world whose minds are not totally OK so it could have given them an idea to get rid of other people. It’s pathetic.”

Asked whether she feels safe, she replied, “We’re not safe anywhere any more.”

Police blocked the area off, while a coffee shop stayed open beyond normal hours and served free coffee. The mosque is across the street from a big stone church

Vigils are planned in Montreal and Quebec City on Monday.

A list of terrorist attacks and incidents in Canada:

Jan. 29, 2017: Six dead and eight injured after shooting incident at a Quebec City mosque. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard call it a terrorist attack.


Aug. 10, 2016: Police shoot and kill terror suspect Aaron Driver in Strathroy, Ont., after he made a video that suggested he was planning to detonate a homemade bomb in a Canadian urban centre during morning or afternoon rush hour. Driver detonated an explosive device in a taxi cab before police killed him.


Oct. 22, 2014: Parliament Hill security and police shoot and kill Michael Zehaf-Bibeau after he killed Canadian soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial and then stormed the Parliament Buildings.


Oct. 20, 2014: Quebec police shoot and kill Martin Couture-Rouleau after he threatens female officer with a knife. Couture-Rouleau was wanted for running down warrant officer Patrice Vincent and another soldier in Saint Jean sur Richelieu. Vincent died of his injuries.


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Suspect in Quebec mosque terror attack was of Moroccan origin, report shows

Published January 30, 2017
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One of two gunmen who shouted 'Allahu akbar!' as they opened fire at a mosque in Quebec City was of Moroccan origin, a witness and local media reported Monday, revealing the first details about the attackers in the massacre that killed six people.

The terror suspects were identified as Mohamed Khadir and Alexandre Bissonnette, the Canadian TV network TVA Nouvelles reported. They were arrested soon after the shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre Sunday night and were expected to appear in court later Monday, police told reporters.

One of the gunman actually turned himself in, calling 911 less than 20 minutes later and giving officers his location in d'Orleans so they could arrest him, police said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the attack, calling it a “terrorist attack on Muslims.”

The attackers were students at Université Laval, a school in Quebec, a source close to the investigation told Radio Canada, saying one was Moroccan. Police said the attackers were not on their radar.

Jan. 29, 2017: Police survey the scene after deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada. (Francis Vachon/The Canadian Press via AP)

Five people were in critical condition and 12 others suffered minor injuries, University of Quebec Hospital Centre spokeswoman Genevieve Dupuis said Monday. The dead ranged in age from age 35 to 60.

A possible motive was unclear. Police said they did not believe there were other suspects.

One of the gunmen was armed with an AK-47, the Le Soleil newspaper reported.

A witness who asked to remain anonymous told Radio Canada the two gunmen were masked.

“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,” the person said.

“It was with tremendous shock, sadness and anger that I heard of this evening’s tragic and fatal shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Quebec located in the Ste-Foy neighborhood of the city of Quebec,” Trudeau said in a statement. “Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country.”

The gunfire started at the Islamic center at around 8 p.m., Le Journal de Quebec reported. More than 50 people were attending prayer service at the time of the shooting. The center's president Mohamed Yangui said the shooters reloaded at least three times.

An unidentified man looking for his friends, who were regular attendees of evening prayers, told Le Journal de Quebec, "I've tried to reach them, but I cannot. It's terrible."

The French-speaking province of Quebec has been embroiled in a lengthy debate about race and religious accommodation. The previous separatist government of the province called for a ban on ostentatious religious symbols such as the hijab in public institutions.

The CBC reported that someone left a pig's head on the mosque's doorstep this past June, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Islam's holy book, the Koran, forbids them from consuming pork.

"We were told that it was an isolated act, but today we have deaths," Yangui told reporters. "It is minutes and hours of terror and anguish."

In the U.S., the NYPD said in a statement that officers have been told to give “special attention” to mosques in the area. Police said they were monitoring the situation in Quebec.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It doesn't seem to be what you would expect. Nobody in the media wants to put it into words, but can it be that the mosque was attacked by Canadians?

But what else can it be, when gunfire breaks out in a mosque? A battle between factions in the congregation, perhaps?

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Quebec mosque attack suspect faces 11 charges

Catherine Solyom, Postmedia Network

First posted: Monday, January 30, 2017 03:00 PM EST | Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 06:19 AM EST

Handcuffed in the prisoner's box, Alexandre Bissonnette bowed his head as the charges against him were read out late Monday after a shooting spree at a Quebec City Mosque that has shaken the community, Muslims and non-Muslims alike:

Six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder using a restricted firearm.

Though police and politicians have spoken of terrorism since the 27-year-old student allegedly opened fire just after the last prayers on Sunday, Bissonnette was not charged with any terrorism-related offences.

Asked why, Crown prosecutor Thomas Jacques said Bissonnette was charged according to the evidence available.

“But you’ll understand that the events happened very recently," Jacques told reporters. "The investigation is ongoing.”

Bissonnette, who was a student in the faculty of social sciences at Université Laval, just a short drive from the mosque that was attacked, showed no emotion during his brief hearing at the Quebec City courthouse.

His lawyer did not enter a plea, and the accused will next appear in court on Feb. 21.

In a press release issued late Monday night, Héma-Québec announced that the Quebec mosque shooting suspect was one of its employees.

Héma-Québec expressed its deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of the tragedy and will not provide any further comments regarding Bissonnette so as not to hinder the police investigation.

Earlier in the day, police searched the home of Bissonnette's parents in the Cap-Rouge district of Quebec City.

The young man, who appears to have acted alone despite initial reports of a second gunman, did not have a previous criminal record and was known as an introvert, and a victim of bullying in school.

Posts on his Facebook page show he "liked" Donald Trump, French Front National leader Marine Le Pen and Mathieu Bock-Cóté, a Quebec City columnist known for his pro-nationalist and anti-multicultural views.

He dressed up as the Grim Reaper for Halloween, and his musical tastes ranged from Katy Perry to Megadeth.

Bissonnette's father is listed in the sales deed of the house as an investigator. And according to Bissonnette's Facebook page, which has since been taken off-line, his grandfather was a decorated war hero.

But Bissonnette's page does not reveal a great deal about his possible motivations.

A fellow university student, who also knew Bissonnette from high school in Cap-Rouge, said the accused had developed radical views.

"He was not overtly racist or Islamophobic, but he had borderline misogynist, Islamophobic viewpoints," said Vincent Boissonneault, who is taking International Studies at Université Laval. "Unfortunately, that's become more or less acceptable these days."

Bissonnette did not show signs of mental illness or paranoia, Boissonneault said, adding he didn't think he was part of an organized extremist group, either.

An organization devoted to helping refugees in the capital city said Bissonnette's name and photograph, as they surfaced in the media Monday, were already familiar to them.

On a Facebook post, the organization Bienvenue aux réfugiés said Bissonnette was "unfortunately known by several activists in Quebec City for his viewpoints that were pro-Le Pen and anti-feminist, as expressed in social media and at Université Laval."

Reached by phone, François Deschamps, the founder of the group, which matches Syrian families with volunteers who want to help them, did not want to go into detail about Bissonnette while the police investigation is ongoing.

But he spoke of the polarization of Quebec City between those who warmly welcomed the Syrian refugees and others, particularly on certain local radio stations, whose anti-immigrant discourse has become increasingly harsh.

“Quebec City's population is white and francophone, and ­we already heard discourse that was a little xenophobic before the refugees arrived,­ so we were afraid of what could happen," Deschamps said. "And yet, the welcome was much stronger than what we expected.”

That said, Deschamps said he was not surprised at the events Sunday at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec, in which six people were killed.

The mosque has been the target of several hate crimes. A pig's head was placed on its doorstep last year.

"I feel infinite sadness and the feeling that there were so many warning signs about the extreme right that we didn’t want to take seriously," Deschamps said. "We want to think we are good and nice, but there are so many far-right groups that are extremely well-organized."

One group, Atalante, put recruitment posters up around CEGEP and university campuses in Quebec City just last week that said: “Defend your identity – join the ranks.”

One Quebec City resident, who was formerly a neo-Nazi, said he felt relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in Quebec City were still good. "But I don't know if that'll change now," said Maxime Fiset.

Half of the extreme right-wing groups in Quebec – one of which now has 43,000 members on its private Facebook page – are based in and around Quebec City, said Fiset, who now studies extreme-right radicalization at Université Laval and is a consultant with the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence in Montreal.

He said these groups are trying to gain legitimacy, and so would not commit such an act.

"They will officially condemn it," Fiset added. "But in private they will drink to it. It helps them – someone will be knocked off the fence on the issue of Islam – and they’ll say see this is what happens when you allow Muslims in the country."

A second man, Mohamed Belkhadir, an engineering student at Université Laval, was initially arrested Sunday night but later released. He spoke out about what happened to him Monday.

He told La Presse that he was trying to provide first aid to shooting victims when police mistook him for a suspect. But he didn’t hold anything against police, he said.

Belkhadir, who called 911 after hearing 15 to 20 seconds of gunfire, said he fled when he saw someone with a firearm. He thought it was the shooter; in fact, it was a police officer.

"I understand, I respect, that they caught me,” he told La Presse. "They saw me flee, they thought I was suspicious, that's normal. For them, someone who flees is a suspect."


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are some charges against the media coming out of this. I am normally critical of the media, but not this time. I got onto the story from an American source hours before it was on any of the common Canadian news aggregators.

As I read the stories at the time, they were at some pains to include facts that ran counter to the idea that a Moslem did it. They just reported what they could, and I congratulate them on using some judicious restraint.
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