UPDATE: Quebec police: Bissonnette only gunman
Two Arab men have been arrested for the mass shooting inside a Quebec, Canada mosque, The New Observer reports, citing local newspaper La Presse. One of the attackers, a 27-year–old Moroccan, was arrested at the scene while the second attacker was detained about 20 kilometers away after fleeing by car.
According to La Presse,—a French-language Montreal newspaper—the two assailants, “including one of Moroccan origin, broke into a mosque in Quebec City on Sunday evening, killing six people and wounding eight people among the fifty faithful gathered for evening prayers.”
“One of the assailants was intercepted on the spot. The other was able to flee by car but was stopped near the Pont de l’Île d’Orléans, about twenty kilometers away.”
The Moroccan has already confessed to the crime and was immediately taken to the Quebec City police headquarters at Victoria Park. Handguns and an AK-47 were found in his vehicle.
The report said that the “accents” of one of the two assailants “left no doubt as to their origin.” One of them shouted “Allah akbar” and reloaded his weapon three times during the shooting, witnesses said.
The motivation for the attack is currently unclear, but is most likely to be linked to the ongoing Sunni-Shia war which has split the Muslim world since the death of that religion’s founder, Mohammed.
So no, it was not a far-right attack, which several media have implied, it was again the religion of peace making war.
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