NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The NYPD has stepped up safety at mosques citywide following a capturing at a Quebec Metropolis mosque that left six individuals lifeless and eight others harm in what Canadian officers have referred to as a “terrorist assault.”
Each mosque within the metropolis is being monitored by the NYPD and countererrorism officers have been positioned at excessive profile mosques as investigators in Quebec attempt to study extra concerning the deadly assault, CBS2’s Magdalena Doris reported.
The capturing occurred throughout a night prayer service on the Quebec Islamic Cultural Middle on Sunday. Quebec police say two gunmen sprayed bullets by way of the lads’s part of the nicely-recognized mosque.
“We will affirm that we’ve got six individuals pronounced lifeless and eight individuals is in hospital,” stated Christine Coulombe, the Quebec Provincial Police spokeswoman.
She stated a few of the wounded have been gravely injured and stated the lifeless have been roughly 35 to 70 years of age. Thirty-9 individuals have been within the mosque on the time of the assault.
Police stated one individual was arrested on the scene and the opposite close by in d’Orleans on a bridge after driving away.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau characterised the capturing as a “terrorist assault on Muslims.”
He stated in a press release that it’s “coronary heart-wrenching to see such mindless violence” and he vowed that Canadian regulation enforcement “will make each effort to apprehend the perpetrators of this act and all acts of intolerance.”
This isn’t the primary time the mosque has been the sufferer of bias. Throughout Ramadan, the holiest time of the yr for Muslims, a severed pig head was left on its doorstep together with a threatening notice in 2016.
“We now have to maintain working collectively, striving in the direction of a extra open, inclusive, peaceable society,” stated Quebec Premier Phillipe Couillard. “That’s the fitting response to one of these horrible occasion.”
Again in New York, Mayor Invoice de Blasio can also be promising to maintain Muslims throughout the town protected and uphold the beliefs of inclusion and safety for everybody.
“To my fellow New Yorkers who’re Muslim: New York Metropolis will shield you. The NYPD will shield you. We’ll struggle all hatred and bias,” he stated on Twitter.
In Quebec, hundreds are anticipated to end up for vigils later Monday.
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