「神は偉大なり」と叫ぶ目撃情報も カナダで銃乱射(2017/01/30 17:21)
Quebec provincial police say six people are dead and eight were wounded after shots were fired inside a mosque on Sunday night during evening prayers.
Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Christine Coulombe says the victims range in age from 35 to 70. Some of the wounded are considered to be in critical condition.
Thirty-nine people escaped the Islamic cultural centre of Quebec in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood without injuries, according to Coulombe.
Perimeters and road blocks have been erected in other areas of Quebec City by police as part of their investigation.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said it was obvious that the shooting should be treated as an act of terrorism.
"It's a murderous act directed at a specific community," he said at a press conference just after 1:30 a.m.
"I think the majority of citizens, not just in Quebec but elsewhere, would describe it that way."
Attack on the ground floor
Quebec City Police Const. Étienne Doyon said mostly men were gathered inside the mosque when the shooting began just before 8 p.m.
At the moment of the attack, the men were praying on the ground floor of the building, while women and children were upstairs.
Two suspects were arrested, one of whom was apprehended after a chase that ended near l'île d'Orléans. Police are looking into the possibility the suspects attended Laval University, a source close to the investigation told Radio-Canada.
'A Québécois accent'
A witness, who asked to remain anonymous, told CBC's French-language service Radio-Canada that two masked individuals entered the mosque.
"It seemed to me that they had a Québécois accent. They started to fire, and as they shot they yelled, 'Allahu akbar!' The bullets hit people that were praying. People who were praying lost their lives. A bullet passed right over my head," said the witness.
"There were even kids. There was even a three-year-old who was with his father."
Université Laval is a French-language, public research university in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The University was founded by royal charter issued by Queen Victoria in 1852, with roots in the founding of the Séminaire de Québec in 1663 by François de Montmorency-Laval, making it the oldest centre of higher education in Canada and the first North American institution to offer higher education in French. The university, whose main campus was erected from the 1950s onward in the suburban borough Sainte-Foy–Sillery–Cap-Rouge, is ranked among the top ten Canadian universities in terms of research funding.
The Quebec Islamic Cultural Center is located near Laval University, which has a large community of international students, many from French-speaking Africa and the Maghreb.