Quebec City mosque head says he has been told 5 people are dead in attack

By on January 29, 2017


QUEBEC—The president of a Quebec City mosque says he has been told that five people have been killed in the building.

Mohamed Yangui says he heard the news from witnesses.

Police tweeted there were deaths and injuries but aren’t saying yet how many victims there are.

Police say two suspects are in custody.

A live video feed on a Facebook page of a mosque showed images of multiple police vehicles and yellow police tape.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tweeted Sunday he is deeply saddened by the loss of life, his office says no motive has been confirmed.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard reacted on Twitter by calling it “barbaric violence.”

“All our solidarity is with those who are close to the victims, the injured and their families,” he said.

The mosque in question had a pig’s head left outside the building last June.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also weighed in on the tragedy.

“Tonight, Canadians grieve for those killed in a cowardly attack on a mosque in Quebec City,” he tweeted. “My thoughts are with victims & their families.”