March 24, 2017

Trudeau Calls Mosque Shooting 'Terrorist Attack on Muslims'

31 January 2017, 12:50 | Ella Tate

Trudeau Calls Mosque Shooting 'Terrorist Attack on Muslims'

Trudeau Calls Mosque Shooting 'Terrorist Attack on Muslims'

"Islamophobia and acts of hatred and violence against any group have no place in Toronto or anywhere else in Canada", the mayor said, while welcoming those affected by USA president Donald Trump's controversial travel and immigration bans.

In addition to the six killed, five people were critically injured and 12 were treated for minor injuries, a spokeswoman for the Quebec City University Hospital said.

The centre, one of the biggest mosques in the area, offers a range of activities for families and children, including Arabic lessons and instruction in the Koran and cultural practices. They did not say which one remains the suspect.

The Islamic Foundation School, located on Markham Road near Sheppard Avenue, told CTV News Toronto Monday that they've hired a private security company as a precaution after six Muslims were fatally shot during prayer services at a mosque in Quebec City Sunday night.

- Police quickly arrive on site and arrest one suspect.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the shooting "a terrorist attack on Muslims" but gave no details of a possible Muslim-against-Muslim cause. Police said only two people were involved in the attack.

One suspect was arrested at the scene and another nearby in d'Orleans, and police said they did not believe there were other suspects.

"It is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence". Neither leader specified who carried out the attack or what the motive might be.

President Donald Trump called Trudeau this morning when the president offered his condolences and any support that may be requested. Canada is generally very welcoming toward immigrants and all religions, but the French-speaking province of Quebec has had a long-simmering debate about race and religious accommodation.

Couillard said he would "not go there" when asked if he blamed rhetoric in in the U.S. "Quebec is a good, generally loving society but we have these devils as other societies have". Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume, appearing shaken, said, "No person should have to pay with their life, for their race, their color, their sexual orientation or their religious beliefs", Labeaume said. A pig's head was left on the centre's doorstep, alongside a note that read, "bon appetit".

"Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country", he said.

Mr Trump's action, which the President said was "not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe", was widely condemned in the United States and overseas as targeting Muslims. Practising Muslims do not eat pork. He said police were providing additional protection for mosques in the city. "All of us, a great people and a great nation, are united today", he said. "I think that's a good idea".

The Jamia Ahmadiyya Canada Institute of Islamic Studies in Vaughan has also increased its security at mosques across the country. "This is the nightmare scenario that Canadian Muslims have been dreading", Ihsaan Gardee, NCCM's executive director, said in a statement.

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