Quebec mosque shooting suspect identified

dcnf-2-1Richard Pollock, DCNF

UPDATE Monday afternoon from Fox News:

The lone suspect was identified as Alexandre Bissonnette, a student at the nearby Laval University, a law enforcement source told Reuters.

Police initially named Mohamed el Khadir as a second suspect, The Associated Press reported, before cops apparently backtracked. 

Witnesses said at least one gunman shouted “Allahu akbar!” while opening fire at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre Sunday night, killing six men by shooting each one of them in the back.

One of the two assailants of a mosque in Quebec City, Canada who killed at least six people last night has been identified as Mohamed Khadir, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a local television station, TVA Nouvelles.

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The station identified the second accomplice as Alexandre Bissonnette.

Canadian provincial officials rushed to call the attack an act of terrorism on the Centre Culturelle Islamique de Québec.  The province premiere, Phillipe Couillard, tweeted that he believed it was an act of terrorism.

The Quebec City attack came amid worldwide criticism of President Donald Trump for his executive order temporarily barring immigrants from seven countries that have ties to, or sponsor, Islamic terrorism.

It is unclear how the attack is anti-Muslim in nature since assailant had an Arabic name.

A spokeswoman for the RCMP told the Daily Caller News Foundation she believed the television news report naming the two alleged assailants was “accurate.”

A member of the Mosque cautioned people from jumping to conclusions. “Please wait for the preliminary result before spreading rumors” tweeted one member of the mosque.

Sunni and Shiite sects of Islam have opposed each other for centuries and often violently.

In Iraq, violent attacks have been launched by both sides against their fellow Muslims, often attacking places of worship, weddings and even funerals.

Couillard ordered all flags to be at half-staff and crowds arrived at the scene with flowers and candles.

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