On Sunday Reuters is reporting that six people were killed and eight were wounded in Quebec City. According to authorities two men walked into a Mosque and opened fire during evening prayers.
“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.
The mosque’s president, Mohamed Yangui, who was not inside when the shooting occurred, said he got frantic calls from people at evening prayers.
“Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,” he said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement: “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge”.
“Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country.”
Philippe Couillard the premier of Quebec province did issue a statement:
“We are with you. You are home,” Couillard said, directing his comments at the province’s Muslim community. “You are welcome in your home. We are all Quebecers. We must continue together to build an open welcoming and peaceful society”.
It has been reported that over the past few years crimes against Muslims in Canada have been on the rise. In 2016 a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of a Mosque, in 2015 citizens in Canada wanted a ban on citizenship ceremonies, in 2013 what was believed to be pig’s blood was spattered on a Mosque, and again in 2015 after the terrorist attack in Paris, a Mosque was set on fire.
Zebida Bendjeddou, who left the Quebec City mosque earlier on Sunday evening, said the center 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 confirmed the names of those killed, but added: “They’re people we know, for sure. People we knew since they were little kids.”
In a violent and harsh world, we all must learn to accept our differences and come together. There are wolves among us who will always pray upon the weak, we must come together and stop the wolves.