A mass shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, during evening prayers has left five reported dead. It is not immediately known how many have been left injured by the incident.
At least two suspects have reportedly been captured by police, and there were reportedly around 40 people inside the mosque participating in evening prayer services at the time of the incident.
This incident is definitely unique in where it took place — Canada. There have been few incidents of this kind in the United States’s northern neighbor in recent history, although the mosque that saw the atrocity take place within it late on Sunday has been targeted in the past. In June of 2016, a severed pig’s head was left on the house of worship’s doorstep, and Muslims coming in contact with pigs is forbidden by Islam.
There isn’t any immediate word as to the motive behind the incident, which is likely to soon be deemed a terror attack. Of course, it didn’t happen in a vacuum. White nationalists aren’t just found in the United States, and Donald Trump’s election has emboldened that racist movement as a whole, not just its American arm.
Ironically, on the very same day as this incident took place in Canada, untold tens of thousands of Americans continued to gather across the United States in defiance of Donald Trump’s recent moves against Muslims.
The president of the mosque affected by the Sunday incident, Mohamed Yangui, called the attack “barbaric” while speaking to Reuters, and said that he was not inside the building at the time of the horror but received many frantic calls from people who were inside as the incident unfolded.
Some images from the scene are featured below via Twitter.
— Alexandre Duval (@alexduval88) January 30, 2017
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