Report: Shooting At Quebec City Mosque Leaves Five People Dead

Gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers.

January 29, 2017

Five people have been in killed a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers on Sunday night, reports Reuters.

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According to a witness, up to three gunmen opened fire on about 40 people inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center. CBC News reports that two suspects have been arrested. Another reporter announces an unconfirmed report that the weapon used in the shooting was an AK-47, which is a prohibited firearm in Canada.

The mosque's president Mohamed Yangui was not present at the event, but received a flurry of calls after the shooting. He reports to Reuters that he is not sure how many have been injured. "Why is this happening here? This is barbaric," Yangui says.

The Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center was a target of hate crimes in the past. In June 2016, during the month of Ramadan, a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of the mosque.

View footage of police responding to the shooting below.

This story will be updated as details emerge.

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