31 January 2017

Quebec mosque attack suspect charged with murders


A picture circulated by local media of a man identified as Alexandre Bissonnette

Canadian police have charged a French-Canadian student over the fatal shooting of six Muslim worshippers at a mosque in Quebec.

Alexandre Bissonnette was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five of attempted murder.

The 27-year-old is due to appear in Quebec City court over Sunday evening’s attack, during evening prayers at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre.

Vigils are being held across Canada to commemorate those killed and injured.

Five people are still in hospital with injuries and another 12 people with minor injuries were treated and released, said hospital officials.

According to CBC News, Mr Bissonnette studied political science and anthropology at Laval University, whose campus is about 3km (1.8 miles) away from the mosque.

A man of Moroccan heritage who was also arrested following the attack, Mohamed Khadir, is now being treated as a witness.


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