A suspect in the Quebec mosque killings surrendered because he ‘felt bad’ about the attack after he and a second man had shot six people dead, it has been claimed.
Gunmen opened fire on worshippers as they prayed at Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center at around 8pm last night in an attack branded ‘cowardly’ and ‘barbaric’.
From The Daily Mail
Witnesses claimed the masked attackers shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ in what sounded like a Quebecois accent as they went on the rampage, killing six and leaving eight injured.
Police have arrested two people but the investigation is ongoing. One suspect was detained at the mosque and the other was caught after a chase that ended near l’île d’Orléans around 15 miles from the scene.
There are reports this morning that one suspect called emergency services to ‘confess to his crime’ because he ‘felt bad’ about the atrocity.
According to Le Soleil, his Mitsubishi was pursued towards Félix-Leclerc highway before the 27-year-old driver stopped the vehicle himself. He is said to have had at least one handgun and two weapons ‘that resembled AK-47s’ on his back seat.
This morning, one of the victims was named as Abdelkrim Hassen, a married father of three who worked in IT for the government. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has described the mass killing as a ‘terrorist attack on Muslims’.
There are reports this morning of the ‘carnage’ that unfolded inside the mosque.
Hamid Nadji said friends inside the building had told him one victim ‘had a weapon discharged in his face’ when he tried to jump on an attacker.
‘Three others died because they wanted to catch the man,’ Nadji said, adding that he had been told one assailant left the mosque twice to reload his weapon.
Earlier, a witness said that up to three gunmen had burst in to the mosque, firing on about 50 worshippers. Most of those inside the building were men praying on the ground floor while women and children were upstairs, it has been reported.
‘Tonight, Canadians grieve for those killed in a cowardly attack on a mosque in Quebec City. My thoughts are with victims & their families,’ Trudeau wrote on Twitter.
‘I’ve just spoken with Premier Philippe Couillard and am being briefed by our officials. We have offered any and all assistance needed.’
The deadly shooting unfolded following a weekend which has seen President Donald Trump’s divisive and controversial ‘Muslim immigration ban’ spark widespread protests across America. Canadian Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau had insisted that his country remains open to all immigration.
He tweeted: ‘To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength.’
A large number of heavily armed police responded to the scene and according to local media the president of the mosque said that dozens were injured. Police have secured the peremeter and occupants have been evacuated according to Le Soleil.
‘There are many victims … there are deaths,’ a Quebec police spokesman told reporters.
Québec Sgt. Christine Coulombe said the victim’s ages range from 35 to 70.
Earlier, a witness told CBC’s French-language service Radio-Canada suggest that as many as three shooters began firing. About 39 people are said to have escaped unharmed.
Police put up a security perimeter around the mosque and initially declined to comment to reporters about the incident.
‘Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,’ said the mosque’s president, Mohamed Yangui. The motive for the attack is not yet clear.
Ali Hamadi said he left the mosque a few minutes before the shooting. He said his friend and co-worker Abdelkrim Hassen, who worked in IT for the government, was killed. He said Hassen has three daughters and a wife. He got the neighbor to bring the wife to the hospital so she could hear the news.
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