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BREAKING NEWS: At least five people are killed and dozens more injured after gunmen open fire in mosque in Quebec City

Five dead after GUNMEN open fire in Mosque in Quebec City

  • Several people are dead after shots were fired at a Quebec City mosque
  • Multiple people are injured according to emergency services at the scene
  • 'Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,' said the mosque's president, Mohamed Yangui
  • Two people have been arrested after the shooting according to police  

Five people were killed after gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque at around 8pm during evening prayers, the mosque's president told reporters on Sunday.

Earlier, a witness told Reuters that up to three gunmen fired on about 40 worshipers inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center.

Initial reports from CBC's French-language service Radio-Canada suggest that as many as three shooters began firing. 

Quebec City Police have confirmed that two people have been arrested in connection with the attack.

An ambulance is parked at the scene of a fatal shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City

An ambulance is parked at the scene of a fatal shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City

Shocking: The president of Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center said that at least five were dead and dozens injured after a shooting during evening prayers

Shocking: The president of Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center said that at least five were dead and dozens injured after a shooting during evening prayers

A large number of heavily armed police responded to the scene and according to local media the president of the mosque said that dozens were injured.

Earlier, a witness told Reuters that up to three gunmen fired on about 40 people inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center. 

Police put up a security perimeter around the mosque and declined to comment to reporters about the incident.

'Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,' said the mosque's president, Mohamed Yangui.

In June 2016, a pig's head was left on the doorstep of the cultural centre.

Hate crime: Last year in June, during Ramadan, a pig's head was left on the doorstep of the mosque

Hate crime: Last year in June, during Ramadan, a pig's head was left on the doorstep of the mosque

Response: Armed police and first responders rushed to the scene at the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center on Sunday night 

Response: Armed police and first responders rushed to the scene at the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center on Sunday night 

Yangui, who was not inside the mosque when the shooting occurred, said he got frantic calls from people at evening prayers. 

He did not know how many were injured, saying they had been taken to different hospitals across Quebec City.

Incidents of Islamophobia increased in Quebec in recent years amid a political debate over banning the niqab, or Muslim face covering. 

In 2013, police investigated after a mosque in the Saguenay region of Quebec was splattered with what was believed to be pig blood.

In the neighboring province of Ontario, a mosque was set on fire in 2015, a day after an attack by gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris.

Religious center: A picture of the mosque during the day

Religious center: A picture of the mosque during the day

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