QUEBEC CITY (CBSNEWS/AP) – The president of a Quebec City mosque says five people died in a shooting in his mosque in the provincial capital.
Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre President Mohamed Yangui confirmed the number of dead late Sunday in a telephone call. Authorities, however, did not specify the number of fatalities.
Yangui told CBS News he was not present, but that he received calls from members who were there and spoke with the morgue. He said he doesn’t know how many people were injured.
Yangui said he has no idea who would have carried out the shooting. He said the mosque had not received any threats.
Two suspects were arrested, Quebec City police spokesman Constable Pierre Poirier said. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard termed the act “barbaric violence” and expressed solidarity with the victims’ families.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet: “Tonight, Canadians grieve for those killed in a cowardly attack on a mosque in Quebec City. My thoughts are with victims & their families.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.