Egypt condemns Québec mosque shooting

Monday 30-01-2017 01:18 PM

An ambulance is parked at the scene of a fatal shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City, Canada January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger

CAIRO, Jan 30 (Aswat Masriya) – Egypt condemned a “terrorist attack” that targeted a mosque in Quebec, Canada leaving six people dead, foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

At least six were killed and eight were injured in a shooting at the Quebec Islamic Culture Centre on Sunday night, when more than 50 people were gathering for prayers.

In its statement, the Egyptian foreign ministry extended its condolences to the families of the victims and affirmed its support to the government of Canada.

It also urged joint international efforts to combat the terrorism phenomenon that targets stability and security all over the world.

Canadian authorities revealed that two suspects have been arrested.

"We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.

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

 He added that Muslim-Canadians are an important part of the country's national fabric, saying that these "senseless" acts have no place in Canada.

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