Quebec atrocity – Far right sympathiser charged

Kevin Dougherty in the Independent, ‘ The French-Canadian student charged in connection with a shooting spree that killed six people at a Quebec City mosque was a supporter Donald Trump and far-right French politician Marine Le Pen . . . The 27-year-old was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder with a restricted weapon. Police said he acted alone . . . Bissonnette’s online profiles show a wide variety of interests. On his Facebook page, he indicated he liked Le Pen, US President Donald Trump, the separatist Parti Quebecois as well as Canada’s left-wing New Democratic Party, the Israeli Defense Forces, heavy metal band Megadeth and pop star Katy Perry.’ click here.

 

Allan Woods in thestar.com, ‘Two attackers carried out a shooting at a Quebec City mosque Sunday evening that has killed at least five people, according to the president of the Islamic Centre of Quebec. While police did not immediately release a tally of those killed and injured, a spokesperson for the Quebec City force said that there had been “many victims” in the incident, which occurred shortly before 8 p.m. at the Grand Mosque in the Quebec City suburb of Ste-Foy, while evening prayers were being held. “There were dead,” said Étienne Doyon, speaking on behalf of the Quebec City police. Montreal’s La Presse newspaper reported Sunday night that the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack, although Quebec City police would not confirm that. Mohamed Yangui, president of the Islamic Centre of Quebec, said five people were killed in the attack, although he was unable to identify the victims. Yangui said Sunday evening prayers are generally attended by between 60 and 100 people, most of whom are men. The few women in attendance would have been on the second level of the building, above where the shooting occurred, Yangui said. One man who was at the mosque told Radio-Canada that there were two attackers wearing ski masks who burst into the building and opened fire.’ click here.