Trump offers Trudeau support after Quebec mosque shooting

2017-01-30 22:05
Justin Trudeau. (Nicholas Kamm, AFP)

Justin Trudeau. (Nicholas Kamm, AFP)

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We are shocked - Quebec City residents on mosque shooting

2017-01-30 13:09

Six people died and eight were injured after gunmen opened fire at a Quebec City mosque on Sunday. The mosque had been a target of hate before. Despite this, Quebec residents were shocked by the incident. Watch. WATCH

Ottawa - US President Donald Trump telephoned Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday to offer condolences after Sunday's shooting in a Quebec city mosque that left six people dead and several injured, Trudeau's office said.

"President Trump expressed his condolences to the prime minister and people of Canada following the tragic shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Quebec," said a statement.

Trump also "offered to provide any assistance as needed".

One suspect was in custody over Sunday's shooting at the Islamic Cultural Center in Quebec while another was being questioned as a witness.

Both police and witnesses initially described two masked men open fire inside the mosque, where about 50 worshippers were gathered for evening prayer, killing six people and wounding eight.

It was unclear whether police still believed two assailants were involved.

One detainee was arrested near the mosque, while a second surrendered himself to police and confessed to taking part in the killing, said Quebec police inspector Denis Turcotte.

Trudeau called the shooting a "terrorist attack".

"It is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence," he said in a statement. "Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear."

His office said he would travel to Quebec City in the afternoon, for a vigil.

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