"Canadian police say six people are dead and eight wounded after a shooting at a mosque, Sunday night in Quebec. Two suspects are in custody. (Jan. 30) AP"
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A suspect was in custody Monday in connection with the shooting deaths of six people at a mosque, an incident the Canadian prime minister labeled as terrorism.
Authorities here identified two men being held in the mass shooting ? a very rare occurrence in Canada ? but said only one man was a suspect and the other is considered a witness.
Quebec City court clerk Isabelle Ferland named the two men as Alexandre Bissonnette and Mohamed el Khadir, but police declined to say which one was the suspect.
At a press conference on Monday afternoon, a police spokesperson said the two are being interrogated but declined to discuss any possible motive. He did confirm the two are Canadian citizens who reside in Quebec.
"We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge," Trudeau said in a statement about Sunday night's attack during evening prayers. "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."
Quebec police say one of the men was arrested at the scene of the attack that also injured eight people. The second man called 911 from his car, saying he was armed but wanted to cooperate with police, the AP reported Denis Turcotte of Quebec police said the man stopped and said he was waiting for police to come and get him. He was arrested near Ile d?Orleans around 9 p.m., according to the AP.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims said there has been an increase in hate crimes, with at least a dozen mosques vandalized across the country last year. However, there have been no incidents of anti-Muslim killings until now.
President Trump called Trudeau Monday to express condolences about the mosque attack.
Iran condemned the deadly shooting, calling it ?inhumane and criminal.? Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said the attack shows that ?terrorism is not confined to one region or a few countries,? state-media reported.
The lights on the Eiffel Tower will be turned off at midnight to honor the victims, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said. She said in a twee Monday that the action would send a ?fraternal message to everyone in Quebec and in Canada.?
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said at a news conference that the "Muslim community was the target of this murderous attack."
It comes amid heightened tensions worldwide over Trump?s ban on admitting refugees to the U.S. and travel restrictions from certain Muslim countries.
"Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country," Trudeau said in his statement. "Canadian law enforcement agencies will protect the rights of all Canadians, and will make every effort to apprehend the perpetrators of this act and all acts of intolerance."
In response to Trump's refugee and travel ban, Trudeau on Saturday had posted a message on Twitter saying, "To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada."
Since Trudeau's election in 2015, 39,000 Syrian refugees have been admitted to Canada.
Authorities in Canada said that there would be an increased police presence around mosques following the attack and the New York Police Department said it would also increase patrols at mosques and other houses of worship. "Our prayers tonight are with the people of Quebec City," New York City Mayor Bill Blasio said in a tweet.
In June, the same mosque was targeted in a hate crime during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In that incident, a worshipper found a pig's head left at the mosque's doorstep. It was accompanied by a note that read, "Bon app?tit," the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported. Islam prohibits pork consumption.
Toppo reported from McLean, Va.