UPDATE: Suspect in Quebec Mosque Attack Identified

Canadian police officers respond to a shooting in a mosque at the Québec City Islamic cultural center on Sainte-Foy Street in Quebec city on January 29, 2017. Two arrests have been made after five people were reportedly shot dead in an attack on a mosque in Québec City, Canada. / …

UPDATE 1:30 P.M. ET: Surete du Quebec police just Tweeted (translated from French by Bing) “Attentat of #Quebec following the inquiry, the other individual is now regarded as a witness.”


The suspects in Sunday’s attack on a Quebec mosque that killed six have been identified as Mohamed Khadir and Alexandre Bissonnette, CBC and the Montreal Gazette are reporting.

The Daily Mail and Fox News are both reporting that one of the suspects “was of Moroccan origin.”

The Montreal Gazette reports:

According to Radio Canada and LCN, the two suspects in Sunday’s terror attacks on a mosque in Quebec City are Alexandre Bissonnette and Mohamed Khadir.

One of the suspects was arrested at the scene, while a second called 911 himself and was arrested around 9 p.m., just over an hour after the first 911 calls came in at 7:55 p.m., police said Monday morning during a news conference involving the Sûreté du Québec, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Quebec City police and Montreal police.

The suspects, men in their late 20s and early 30s, were not known to police and the investigation into a possible motive continues, said superintendent Martin Plante of the RCMP’s C Division. He would not confirm the identity of the victims.

“The attackers were students at Université Laval, a school in Quebec, a source close to the investigation told Radio Canada, saying one was Moroccan. Police said the suspects were not on their radar,” Fox News reports:

One of the gunmen was armed with an AK-47, the Le Soleil newspaper reported.

A witness who asked to remain anonymous told Radio Canada the two shooters were masked.

“It seemed to me that they had a Quebecois 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,” the person said.

“On Monday, an official from the Centre hospitalier de l’Université Laval said five people remain in critical condition following the attack,” the Gazette reports:

Of those injured, five victims are in the intensive care unit of the Enfant-Jésus hospital in Quebec City, said Geneviève Dupuis, a spokesperson for the hospital network. Three of those five have life-threatening injuries, while the other two are more stable, the hospital said.

Another 12 people who had minor injuries have been released from hospital. . .

According to the Journal de Québec, the six dead include two Algerians, a Tunisian, a Moroccan and two others from African countries.

“The rector of Université Laval, Denis Brière, and vice-rector Éric Beauce addressed the media Monday morning in the Alphonse-Desjardins pavilion. Reports indicate that one or both of the suspects were students at the university. . . Beauce said the university couldn’t confirm that the two suspects are students at the university,” the Gazette reports.



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