Qubec City mosque attack: man charged with six counts of murder

Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, too charged with five countings of attempted slaughter in strike “ministers ” Justin Trudeau called act of terrorism

A 27 -year-old university student has been charged with six countings of first-degree slaughter over a shooting at a Qubec City mosque during evening prayers, in what the Canadian “ministers ” described as an behave of terror.

Alexandre Bissonnette, a student in the social sciences module at Laval University, too faces five commissions of attempted murder.

Bissonnette did not enter a plea during a brief courtroom illusion late on Monday. Wearing a white captive jump suit, his hands and paws shackled, he stared down at the floor and fidgeted, but remained silent.

A neighbourhood group dedicated to greeting refugees, Bienvenu aux rfugis, told Bissonnettes figure was familiar to them, described it as an online troll who had belittled refugees and expressed support for Marine Le Pen, the leader of Frances far-right Front National.

Alexandre Bissonnette. Picture: Facebook

In a Facebook post, different groups told Bissonnette was regrettably known by various militants in Qubec City for his viewpoints “thats been” pro-LePen and anti-feminist, as expressed in social media and at the Universit Laval.

Others who knew Bissonnette described him a timid introvert who was a staunch advocate of US president Donald Trump. He loved Trump a lot and seemed to be permanently set against the left, ric Debroise told the Journal de Qubec . He told had reached out to police in the aftermath of the hitting to inform them that Bissonnette is far right and an ultra nationalist white supremacist.

Another classmate, Jean-Michel Allard Prus, described Bissonnette as someone with right-wing political minds, pro-Israel, anti-immigration. I had many debates with him about Trump, he told. He was obviously pro-Trump. But Bissonnette had never broached the idea of violence as a political instrument, he contributed.

The commissions arrived hours after the two attacks at the Qubec City Islamic culture hub, also known as the Grande Mosque de Qubec, during evening prayers. Six people were killed and another 19 injured.

Five people remain in critical condition in hospital.

Police initially told two men had been arrested after the two attacks. But later in the day, provincial police clarified that exclusively one was a suppose and they had secreted the other considered to be a witness without charges.

The impudent strike left the tight-knit Muslim community in Qubec City reeling. Many had been awake all darknes waiting for details of the hitting to percolate in. I cant express the grief that has touched local communities, told Mohamed Labidi, a spokesman for the Quebec City Islamic culture hub. This tragedy occurred in a place of devotion, with people who were praying.

Through weepings he contributed: Its a extremely, very big tragedy for us. We have a sadness we cannot express.

On Monday, the refers and identities of the six people killed in the two attacks initiated to rise. All of them were fathers.

Azzedine Soufiane, 57, a grocer and father of three, was well-known in the community and beloved for the time “hes spent” facilitating beginners adjust to the city.

Khaled Belkacemi, 60, was a prof in the meat science department at Laval University. Our university community is in sorrowing today, rector Denis Briere said in a statement. We mourn the death of an honoured is part of the module and the university, a devoted and beloved follower of my honourable colleagues and students.

Also among the persons killed was Abdelkrim Hassane, 41, an information technology craftsman for the government and father of three, as well as Aboubaker Thabti, 44, a Tunisian-born father of two.

Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42, and Ibrahima Barry, 39, close friends who had emigrated from Guinea to Canada, were also killed, leaving behind four and two children respectively.

The attack scandalized many in this quiet metropolitan, residence to merely over 500,000 people. Violence is rare here in 2015, the city reported merely two murders.

Qubec Muslims are frightened right now, told Haroun Bouazzi, president of the AMAL-Quebec, a human rights group based in Montreal. We are urgently waiting for answers as to how and why such a tragedy could occur.

Justin Trudeau, Canadas prime minister, condemned the attack on Monday. Make no mistake, this was a terrorist attack. This was a group of innocents targeted for practicing their faith, he told. To the more than 1 million Canadians who admit the Muslim faith, I want to say immediately, we are with you 36 million mettles are breaking with yours.

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He suggested Canadians to stand in solidarity with those affected by the attack. We will grieve with you, we will protect you, we will love you and the authorities concerned will stand with you.

Phillippe Couillard, the premier of Qubec, described Sundays hitting as a cruel behave aimed at a specific community and also expressed his solidarity with Muslims in Qubec. Qubec categorically spurns this barbaric savagery. Protection had been increased at mosques throughout the province, he added.

Vigils were planned throughout the country, while people around the world exploited social media to express their condolences and express their is supportive of the mosque. A Go store me page, set up to help the families of the victims with funeral payments, had raised more than C $120,000 by Monday evening.

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