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16 killed in double suicide attack in NE Nigeria

June 19, 2017

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© AFP | A white sheet covers the bodies of some of the victims of the double suicide bombing in Dalori Kofa village in northeast Nigeria

MAIDUGURI (NIGERIA) (AFP) – At least 16 people died in a double suicide bombing near a large camp for people made homeless by years of Boko Haram violence, Nigeria’s emergency services and locals said Monday.It was the biggest in a series of weekend attacks.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the attack took place at about 8:45 pm (1945 GMT) on Sunday close to the Dalori camp in Kofa village, near the Borno state capital Maiduguri.

Regional NEMA spokesman Abdulkadir Ibrahim said a first attack by two female suicide bombers had been thwarted by security personnel who stopped them getting into the camp.

“Two other female suicide bombers also detonated their explosives at the adjoining Dalori Kofa village, where they killed 16 people,” he said in a statement.

Earlier tolls given by local people said at least 12 or 13 people had been killed but Abdulkadir said three of the injured had since died of their wounds.

“The 16 does not include the bombers,” he told AFP.

Dalori is about 10 kilometres (six miles) southeast of Maiduguri and is one of the largest camps for internally displaced people (IDP) in the remote region.

There are nearly 50,000 people in the two Dalori camps, with Dalori 1 housing some 35,000 and Dalori 2, which was targeted in the bombings, sheltering around 10,000.

Boko Haram has previously tried to target the camp: at least 85 people were killed in January last year when insurgents rampaged through communities near Dalori.

– A bloody weekend –

The latest attack is the most deadly in Nigeria since June 8, when 11 people were killed in a rare combined gun and suicide attack in the Jiddari Polo area of Maiduguri.

Also at the weekend, Boko Haram attacked Gumsuri village, 20 kilometres from Chibok, killing five people late on Saturday, locals said.

But they were fought off by local vigilantes who engaged them in a gunbattle.

“The vigilantes got the upper hand. They killed 12 attackers and apprehended six others,” said Bitrus Haruna, a vigilante from Chibok, whose account was corroborated by a community leader from the town.

“The Boko Haram gunmen were not lucky. They were confronted by the gallant vigilantes who killed 12 of the attackers and arrested six of them.”

Then on Sunday, Boko Haram jihadists killed three soldiers in an ambush near Wajirko village, 150 kilometres (90 miles) from Maiduguri, a local vigilante said.

Last weekend, gunmen killed eight members of a civilian militia force assisting the military in the Konduga area not far from the Dalori camp.

The spate of bombings underlines the threat still posed by the jihadists, despite official claims they are a spent force.

Since the start of Boko Harm’s uprising in 2009, at least 20,000 people have been killed since and more than 2.6 million made homeless, many of whom are facing severe food shortages or starvation.

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12 Killed in Suicide Bombings in Northeast Nigeria

June 19, 2017

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Authorities in northeastern Nigeria say 12 people are dead after suicide bombing attacks not far from the city of Maiduguri.

Police spokesman Victor Isuku said Monday that the attacks were carried about by five female bombers in Kofa, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Maiduguri.

The first attack killed several people near a mosque, while five others were killed in a house.

Last late year Nigeria declared that the Boko Haram extremist group had been crushed but attacks continue, often with young women strapped with explosives to carry out suicide attacks.

Many of the young women are believed to be among those abducted by the jihadists, who have pledged their allegiance to the Islamic State.

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19 June 2017 – 13:19BY AFP
Camp Dalori is about 10 kilometres southeast of Maiduguri.

Camp Dalori is about 10 kilometres southeast of Maiduguri.
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At least 16 people were killed in suicide bomb attacks near a camp for those made homeless by Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria, emergency services said on Monday.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the attacks took place at about 8:45 pm on Sunday close to the Dalori camp at Kofa village, near the Borno state capital Maiduguri.

NEMA northeast region spokesman Abdulkadir Ibrahim said two female suicide bombers tried to get into the camp but were thwarted by security personnel.

“Two other female suicide bombers also detonated their explosives at the adjoining Dalori Kofa village, where they killed 16 people,” he added in a statement.

Earlier tolls given by local people said at least 12 or 13 people had been killed but Abdulkadir said three of those injured and taken to hospital had since died.

“The 16 does not include the bombers,” he told AFP.

Dalori is about 10 kilometres (six miles) southeast of Maiduguri and is one of the largest camps for internally displaced people (IDP) in the remote region.

Boko Haram has previously tried to target the camp: at least 85 people were killed in January last year when insurgents rampaged through communities near Dalori.

Residents were shot and their homes burned down while female suicide bombers blew themselves up among the crowds of people fleeing the violence.

The latest attack is the most deadly in Nigeria since June 8, when 11 people were killed in a rare combined gun and suicide attack in the Jiddari Polo area of Maiduguri.

Boko Haram has repeatedly targeted the strategic city, particularly its outlying communities, IDP camps and the city’s university.

The bombings and sporadic hit-and-run attacks underline the threat still posed by the jihadists, despite claims from the authorities they are a spent force.

Gunmen killed eight members of a civilian militia force assisting the military on June 11 in the Konduga area, which is on the same road as the Dalori camp.

At least 20,000 people have been killed in the conflict since 2009 and more than 2.6 million made homeless, many of whom are facing severe food shortages or starvation.

Finsbury Park Mosque: Former hub of radical Islam

June 19, 2017

AFP

© AFP / by Alice RITCHIE | The Finsbury Park mosque gained global notoriety as the place where Abu Hamza spouted his anti-American vitriol after the 9/11 attacks

LONDON (AFP) – The Finsbury Park Mosque, which appeared Monday to have been the target of an anti-Muslim terror attack, has fought for years to throw off its reputation as a centre for radical Islamism.The red-brick mosque is famous around the world as the place where hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza spouted his anti-American vitriol after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Worshippers included Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber” who plotted to blow up a transatlantic flight, and Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in the United States over 9/11 — though Hamza always denied knowing them.

After a 2003 raid by police investigating a ricin plot, the Finsbury Park Mosque was shut down — though Hamza had already been forced out by other members, and was reduced to addressing his followers in the street outside.

He was arrested the following year and the mosque reopened in 2005 under a new board of trustees, with a particular goal of encouraging community cohesion.

– Tea and biscuits –

Many local residents gathered outside the Mosque on Monday to show their support for those affected by the attack, in which a man drove a van into pedestrians after evening prayers, leaving one person dead and injuring ten others.

Egyptian-born Hamza — whose hands were blown off by an explosives experiment in Pakistan — controlled the mosque from 1997 to early 2003, and for years after many terror investigations in Britain were traced back to his influence.

When he was jailed for seven years in 2006 for inciting murder and racial hatred, the judge said the father-of-nine used his authority to encourage worshippers that killing was a religious duty.

Hamza was later extradited to the United States and jailed for life there in 2015 for playing a key role in the 1998 kidnapping of 16 Western tourists in Yemen, four of whom were killed, and in trying to set up a US terror training camp in 1999.

The new trustees have fought hard to clear the mosque’s name, and in 2015 opened its doors as part of a nationwide initiative to improve cross-community relations following terror attacks in Paris.

Annalou Oakland, an 67-year-old artist who lives nearby, was one of those who visited for tea and biscuits.

“There was big fear around this particular mosque in the past and it’s really good to hear what they’re doing and to meet people one on one,” she told AFP at the time.

“Ten years ago it was different. Since then we’ve worked tirelessly to open our centre, our mosque, our activities to the public,” Khalid Oumar, one of the mosque trustees, had said.

The mosque nonetheless received a string of threatening emails and letters in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Authorities had also warned of an increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes across London after the London Bridge attack on June 3.

“Our community is in shock, our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by this,” Mohammed Kozbar, the mosque’s chairman, said Monday.

by Alice RITCHIE

Suspected Bomb Kills Seven Outside Mosque in Afghanistan’s Herat

June 6, 2017

HERAT, Afghanistan — A suspected bomb outside a mosque in the Afghan city of Herat killed at least seven people and wounded 15 on Tuesday, police said, the latest casualties in a particularly bloody week in Afghanistan.

Officials in the western city believe explosives were hidden in a motorcycle left in a parking area outside the Jama Masjid, a large mosque dating from the 12th century, known for its intricate blue tiles.

Abdul Ahad Walizada, spokesman for Herat police, said at least seven people were killed and 15 wounded as they made their way to the mosque for prayers.

Near the border with Iran, Herat is one of Afghanistan’s largest cities.

The attack came after a spate of violence in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, where on Wednesday more than 150 people were killed and hundreds wounded in a suicide truck-bomb attack.

Several protesters were killed in clashes with police on Friday at the bomb site, and at least a dozen people were killed when suicide bombers attacked the funeral for one of the dead protesters on Saturday.

(Reporting by Jalil Ahmad Rezaee; Editing by Robert Birsel)

20 Killed in Mosque Attack in Nigeria — Disagreement among herdsmen over grazing land — With AK-47s

May 15, 2017

WARRI, Nigeria — Police in Nigeria say at least 20 people are dead after a suspected reprisal attack on a village.

Niger State police spokesman Bala Elkana said Monday that the Etogi community mosque had been targeted the day before during morning prayers.

The killings are believed to be in retaliation for the death of a herdsman who was killed in a disagreement over grazing land. The herders have refused to pay a tax to the village and are claiming ownership of the land.

Land disputes are common in Nigeria, pitting neighboring communities against each other and frequently resulting in deadly clashes and reprisal attacks.

More than 400 people have been killed in clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in north-central Nigeria over the past two years.

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Nigerian herdman, file photo

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From The Daily Trust

The Nigeria media landscape has been awash in recent time with reports of clashes between cattle herders and farming communities, leading to destruction of lives and properties.

The most recent of them is the reported attack on Fulani herders in Nasarawa State on April 30. Before that came the April 25, Ukpabi Nimbo community Enugu State attack where 20 people were reportedly killed by rampaging herdsmen. That of Benue State had assumed a perrennial status.

The media especially social media, blogs and newspapers have been reporting these incidents with wrongly identified photos for illustration.
The three most viral photographs used to depict killer herdsmen were indeed not taken anywhere in Nigeria, Daily Trust reports.

Mainstream newspapers including the Punch, Vanguard, Thisday, Guardian etc have each repeatedly used the misleading photographs. Even Daily Trust failed in the past in this litmus test.

The social media and online newspapers and blogs are the biggest culprits, Daily Trust checks show.

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Blogs such as Naij.com, Venturesafrica.com, Nigerianeye.com, Bellanaija.com and dailypost.ng. com among many others have made these photos as their postal stamp in herders attack reports.

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Each of these reports on herdsmen attack, you see accompanying photos of a herder brandishing an AK 47 rifle.

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One of these photos is the one having a bare-chested man with a rifle strapped to his neck. At the background is a herd of cows.

Daily Trust’s checks showed that this photo has no origin in Nigeria. The photo credit belongs to Reuters/Goran Tomasevic and it was first published online on December 14, 2013.

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It is a photo of a man from Dinka tribe holding his AK 47 rifle in front of cows in a Dinka cattle herders’ camp near Rumbek, capital of the Lakes State in central South Sudan.

Another photo which has gone so viral that one finds it difficult to locate the very origin is the one with a young man herding cows with a rifle hanging on his shoulders with both hands holding it from the two ends.
The earliest active use of the photo was on January 27, 2015 in the Standard Newspaper of Kenya before Nigerian newspapers cashed in.

Yet another photo that has found massive patronage by the Nigeria press shows a young Pokot warrior by the name Korinamba Ruto, herding his cattle with an AKS 47 gun on his shoulder which the caption says he carries for protection against attacks from cattle rustlers from the neighbouring Turkana community, Kenya.
Turkana tribe is part of the Nilotic tribes and constitutes the second largest pastoralist community in Kenya after the Maasais.
A simple search using the Google reverse image search or Tineye reverse search will help to resolve the question of where the photo is coming from.

Cattle rusting has been rife in Kenya as some of the ethnic groups there have cattle herding as a main occupation.

Reacting to this development, journalism scholar and columnist from the Journalism and Emerging Media School of Communication, Kennesaw State University, USA, Dr. Farook Kperogi said apart from the legal implications of lifting a photo from the internet without permission from the copy right owner(s), “there is an ethical imperative to verify the real source of a picture before using it, especially in light of the tendency for purveyors of hate on social media to mislabel and misidentify pictures to promote predetermined agenda.”

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He counseled media organizations to “always do reverse Google and TinEye images searches before using a picture” adding that “I have seen several pictures of gun-toting Kenyan or Tanzanian Maasai cattle herders misidentified as Nigerian Fulani herders on social media.”

The Nigerian Union of Journalists’ (NUJ) President Waheed Odusile in a telephone interview said it was wrong to “stigmatise a whole group because a few of them are involved in criminal activities.”

He said it is also wrong to use the photograph of foreign herders to illustrate local news with inappropriate identification saying “If it must be used, it should be captioned appropriately indicating that it is not from Nigeria.”
He blamed the practice on some journalists not being “ethically” informed.

The NUJ president challenged the Nigeria media to investigate and expose the criminal elements behind the killing of innocent Nigerians saying “some of the local Fulanis are said to know who the invaders are and their nationalities but are afraid of attack from them (killer herders) should they expose them.”

Also speaking, Dr Kperogi appealed to the national media “to be guided by the age-old professional journalistic ethics of fairness, balance, and accuracy.”
Journalists should particularly watch their language, he says.

He observed that it was “now fashionable to write that someone was killed or kidnapped, or robbed “by suspected herdsmen,’” warning that it was “an unfair criminalization of an entire demographic category.”

Dr Kperogi warned of the dangers in mislabelling of an entire group of people saying: “It’s OK to write that someone was robbed/ murdered/kidnapped by “criminals suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.”
“Writing or saying “suspected Fulani herdsmen” equates “Fulani herdsmen” with criminals. That’s both unfair and inaccurate. To see how invidious and ridiculous this emergent reportorial phraseology is, replace it with descriptors like “suspected Ogoni farmers,” “suspected Bini traders,” “suspected Yoruba spare part sellers,” etc. and see how it sounds. What is suspected isn’t an ethnic identity; it is the perpetrators of a crime.”

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Islamic State Hid Training Camp in Rail Tunnel Near Mosul — Underground obstacle course, shooting range, mosque and clinic

March 3, 2017

Shooting range, obstacle course, mosque and clinic served to convert raw recruits into seasoned fighters

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Updated March 2, 2017 5:54 p.m. ET

MOSUL, Iraq—Islamic State built an obstacle course in an old railway tunnel where raw recruits crawled under barbed wire and scaled walls to begin their reshaping into seasoned fighters, according to Iraqi military officials who uncovered it.

The training camp, nicknamed Palmyra after the Syrian city, stretched more than a mile long in the train tunnel outside this city, once the militants’ main Iraqi redoubt. The tunnel underwent extensive renovations, with tracks ripped out to make room for equipment including the…

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Iraqi army discover jihadi training base hidden 32 foot underground where foreign fighters were prepared for war

ISIS’ distinctive black flag was discovered in the former Baghdad to Mosul line tunnel

IRAQI soldiers battling ISIS in western Mosul uncovered a train tunnel converted into a training camp for the jihadi terrorists.

The tunnel has tyres for crawling through, ladders and other obstacles to train the ranks of the murderous group, who have cut a swathe of terror throughout Syria and Iraq.

ISIS’ distinctive black flag was discovered in the former Baghdad to Mosul line tunnel in western Mosul, Iraq.

Iraqi security forces inspect a recently discovered tunnel that had been used by Islamic State militants as a training camp

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Iraqi security forces inspect a recently discovered tunnel that had been used by Islamic State militants as a training camp
AN ISIS flag is seen in the railway tunnel

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AN ISIS flag is seen in the railway tunnel

Iraqi commanders told Rudaw it is evidence of ISIS using the base – which is 32ft underground – to train foreign fighters, children and teens to fight and commit suicide bombings.

It was discovered by the Iraqi army’s Rapid Response force.

An Iraqi commander said: “It is designed as part of the training.

“The trainees, as part of their programs, should crawl onto these barrels and get themselves in the mud to pass this phase of training.

Barrels used to train ISIS fighters in Mosul

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Barrels used to train ISIS fighters in Mosul
An Iraqi soldier climbs a ladder in the training centre

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An Iraqi soldier climbs a ladder in the training centre

“As you see power has been extended to lighten this base. They have fully equipped it without any shortcomings. The majority of those who used to undergo training here were foreigners.”

Between 12,000 and 15,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, a top US general said Wednesday, an indication of a significant dwindling of the jihadists’ forces.

The US military only provides periodic updates on estimates of IS fighters but in 2015 and 2016, the Pentagon put the number at between 20,000 and 30,000 in the two countries.

Some months saw the jihadists being killed in the thousands, though initially at least they were able to replenish their ranks through a porous border with Turkey that now is effectively sealed.

A pole driven into the tunnel, seemingly for ventilation

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A pole driven into the tunnel, seemingly for ventilation
It was discovered by the Iraqi army’s Rapid Response force

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It was discovered by the Iraqi army’s Rapid Response force

Video of Iraqi Federal Police tanks firing at ISIS targets in western Mosul

.Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend told reporters that among the many fighters killed in recent months are an “extraordinary number” of IS leaders, including many close to the group’s elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“We have a specific campaign to hunt them and kill them,” Townsend said in a video call from Baghdad.

“Almost all of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s inner circle has been killed in the last six months.”

Still, he said about 2,000 IS fighters remain in and around western Mosul, defending the last portions of their former Iraqi bastion.

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Quebec mosque shooting: Two students arrested over gun attack in mosque which left six dead

January 30, 2017

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By Chiara Palazzo and James Rothwell
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Apair of students in Canada have been arrested on suspicion of gunning down six people at a mosque in Quebec City during evening prayers.

The massacre on Sunday evening, which Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau condemned as a “cowardly terrorist attack on Muslims”, left five others in critical condition.

A further 12 worshippers managed to escape the chaos with minor injuries.

One suspect was arrested at the scene, while the other reportedly confessed to the killings in a phone call to police, and was then detained in nearby Ile d’Orleans .

A handgun and at least two assault rifles were also recovered, according to Canadian media reports.

The pair have been named locally as Université Laval students Alexandre Bissonnette and Mohamed Khadir.

Bissonnette is French-Canadian, whereas Khadir is “of Moroccan origin,”  according to local news website TVA,  which cited police sources. Both are both aged in their twenties.

Swat team police officer walk aournd a mosque after a shooting in Quebec City
Swat team police officer walk aournd a mosque after a shooting in Quebec City CREDIT:MATHIEU BELANGER

An eyewitness said one of the attackers spoke in a “Quebecois accent,” while another claimed they shouted “Allahu akbar” before opening fire.

A Quebec police spokesman said the suspects’ motive was unclear and that there was “no indication” that anyone else was involved in the attack.

Canada is generally welcoming towards immigrants and refugees, but tensions have been simmering in Francophone Quebec over attitudes towards Islam.

Last year, a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of the mosque that was attacked on Sunday during ramadam, when Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. Practicing Muslims do not eat pork.

In 2013, police investigated after a mosque in the Saguenay region of Québec was smeared with what was believed to be pig’s blood.

In the neighboring province of Ontario, a mosque was set on fire in 2015, a day after the infamous Paris terror attacks in November.

Police in confirm “several” deaths; no details beyond that. Two suspects arrested.

Mohamed Yangui, the president of the mosque, said he began receiving panicked phone calls when the shooting began. He was not inside the mosque at the time.

Up to a hundred worshippers had been inside the mosque, and there were fears on Monday that several children could be among the injured.

Provincial police install some paper to hide the crime scene where two gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers on 29 January, killing six people and injuring eight others
Police use paper to hide the crime scene where two gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers CREDIT: ANDRE PICHETTE/EPA

“Why is this happening here? This is barbaric…we are sad for the families,” he said.

“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge,” said Mr Trudeau in a statement following the shooting.

“While authorities are still investigating and details continue to be confirmed, it is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence.

Fusillade dans une mosquée de Québec, plus de détails à venir.

“Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear.”

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said: “The Muslim community was the target of this murderous attack.”

The Canadian Council of Imams said in a statement that “Islamophobia has killed innocent Canadians.”

Police survey the scene after a deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada
Police survey the scene after a deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, CanadaCREDIT: FRANCIS VACHON /AP

“We ask all decent people to stand against hatred of Islam and Muslims in any forum,” the statement read.

“Our message to anyone in the Canadian Muslim community who may experience Islamophobia is not to suffer in silence.”

Police officers are seen near a mosque after a shooting in Quebec City
Police officers are seen near a mosque after the shooting CREDIT: MATHIEU BELANGER /REUTERS

Mass shootings in Canada are less common than in the United States, though the attack on the mosque marks the fourth mass shooting to take place since 2014.

Two men and a woman were killed with a crossbow last August in Toronto, while in January 2016 a mass shooting in La Loche, Saskatchewan left four dead and seven injured.

In 2014, a 53-year-old man shot dead eight of his relatives in Edmonton before taking his own life.

Tonight, Canadians grieve for those killed in a cowardly attack on a mosque in Quebec City. My thoughts are with victims & their families.

I’ve just spoken with Premier @phcouillard and am being briefed by our officials. We have offered any & all assistance needed.

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Gigantesque déploiement policier devant la Grande mosquée de Québec sur le chemin Saint-Foy. Ambulance vient quitter.

Our prayers tonight are with the people of Quebec City as they deal with a terrible attack on a mosque. We must stand together.

Quebec mosque shooting suspect ‘called police to confess’ — Some reports suggest the two were from Morocco and attending university in Canada — What Kind of Fearsome Terrorist Calls Police To Confess?

January 30, 2017

BBC News

Municipal police patrols the scene where two gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque.

One of the two suspects called police to give himself up, police say. EPA photo

One of the two suspects in a deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, called police about an hour after the incident, authorities said.

Two men opened fire at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre during prayer service on Sunday night, killing six people and injuring 17 others.

The second suspect called 911 to say he was armed and give up his location, police said on Monday.

The Canadian authorities are treating the shooting as a terror attack.

One suspect was arrested at the scene while the second was apprehended in his car on a bridge leading to Orleans island, police confirmed at a news conference on Monday.

Canadian authorities said they did not believe there were any additional suspects and they were confident that the threat was “under control”.

Police say that six people were killed in a shooting at a mosque in Québec City, Canada

Police also refused to release the suspects’ names nor comment on a possible motive, citing an ongoing investigation.

The two men, believed to be in their 20s or early 30s, had no prior police record before the incident, authorities said.

Police are also investigating reports that the two men were students at a local university.

Police and ambulances surrounded the area around the mosque

More than 50 people were at the mosque when shots were fired.

Among those wounded, five were in critical condition and 12 others sustained minor injuries, according to University of Quebec Hospital Centre spokeswoman Genevieve Dupuis.

The dead were aged between about 35 and 65, Canadian authorities have confirmed.

Police have also increased security efforts at all religious sites in the province while 75 provincial officers were working on the case.

The two suspects may appear in court as early as Monday, officials said.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard both described the attack as a terrorist act.

The attack came as protests over US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on several Muslim countries gripped the US.

The president of the mosque, Mohamed Yangui – who was not inside at the time – said the shooting had happened in the men’s section of the mosque.

“Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,” he said.

On its Facebook page the centre thanked the public “for the hundreds of messages of compassion”.

In June last year the same mosque was the target of an Islamophobic incident when a pig’s head was left in front of the building, with a card saying “bonne appetit”.

Eating pork is forbidden in Islam.

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Six Dead in Canada Mosque Terror Attack — Shooters with Québécois accent — As they shot they yelled, ‘Allahu akbar!’

January 30, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard call shooting an act of terrorism

CBC News Posted: Jan 29, 2017 9:25 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 30, 2017 1:26 AM ET

Quebec City Police said they are working with the RCMP and the Quebec provincial police.

Quebec City Police said they are working with the RCMP and the Quebec provincial police. (Mathieu Belanger/Reuters)

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Quebec provincial police say six people are dead and eight were wounded after shots were fired inside a mosque on Sunday night during evening prayers.

Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Christine Coulombe says the victims range in age from 35 to 70.

Thirty-nine people escaped the Islamic cultural centre of Quebec in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood without injuries, according to Coulombe.

Both Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Quebec government have called the shooting an act of terrorism.

Earlier in the evening, Quebec City Police Const. Étienne Doyon said mostly men were gathered inside the mosque when the shooting began just before 8 p.m.

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Martin St. Louis holds a sign that reads “la paix pas la guerre” (peace, not war). (Francis Vachon/The Canadian Press)

At the moment of the attack, the men were praying on the ground floor of the building, while women and children were upstairs.

Two suspects have been arrested, one of whom was apprehended after a chase that ended near l’île d’Orléans.

A large perimeter has been set up around the mosque.

Quebec City Police said they are working with the RCMP and the Quebec provincial police. At 10:40 p.m. police said the “situation is under control.”

“The building is secure and the occupants evacuated. The investigation continues,”Quebec City Police tweeted.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact Quebec provincial police at 1-800-659-4264.

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An ambulance is parked at the scene of a fatal shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City. Police say multiple people were killed. (Mathieu Belanger/Reuters)

‘A Québécois accent’

A witness, who asked to remain anonymous, told CBC’s French-language service Radio-Canada that two masked individuals entered the mosque.

“It seemed to me that they had a Québécois accent. They started to fire, and as they shot they yelled, ‘Allahu akbar!’ The bullets hit people that were praying. People who were praying lost their lives. A bullet passed right over my head,” said the witness.

“There were even kids. There was even a three-year-old who was with his father.”

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According to Quebec City Police, the shooting began just before 8 p.m. (Maxime Corneau/Radio-Canada)

PM, premier call shooting act of terrorism

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard called the shooting an act of terrorism and said flags at the National Assembly, Quebec’s provincial legislature, would be lowered to half-mast.

Earlier he said that “Quebec categorically rejects this barbaric violence” and offered solidarity with the families of the victims.

Le rejette catégoriquement cette violence barbare. Toute notre solidarité aux proches des victimes, des blessés et à leur famille.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the shooting, which he described as a “terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge,” in a statement.

He said, “Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country.”

Politicians across Canada and the world tweeted their support for the mosque, while denouncing the act.

“Horrified at the news of a shooting in a mosque tonight in Québec City. We stand with our Muslim neighbours against this act of hatred,” NDP leader Tom Mulcair tweeted.

The administration of the mosque thanked citizens for their outpouring of support on their Facebook page late in the evening.

“Thank you for the hundreds of compassionate messages coming from everywhere,” the mosque wrote.

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Quebec City police say two suspects have been arrested. (Radio-Cananda)

 

Montreal, Gatineau increase security

In the wake of the attack, both Montreal and Gatineau, Que., said they will be increasing security and surveillance.

Gatineau Police said they will pay “particular attention to the surroundings of mosques.”

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A few dozen people were inside the Islamic cultural centre of Quebec in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood when the shooting began just after 8 p.m. (Canadian Press)

The Islamic cultural centre of Quebec has been the target of vandals in the past.

Last June, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of the mosque.

With files from Radio-Canada

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Arrests Made in Canada Mosque Terror Attack

January 30, 2017

Police say they have made arrests in attack that occurred during evening prayers

Police officers approached a mosque after a shooting in Quebec City on Sunday night.

Police officers approached a mosque after a shooting in Quebec City on Sunday night. PHOTO: MATHIEU BELANGER/REUTERS

A shooting at a Quebec City mosque has claimed multiple lives and sent other victims to the hospital, Quebec City police said.

Police said they had made arrests at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec on Sunday night but declined to confirm the number of dead and wounded and didn’t provide any details on the arrests.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned what he called a “terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge” in a statement released early Monday morning.

The shootings at the city’s biggest mosque took place around 8 p.m., during the evening prayer, when between 50 and 100 worshippers were in the building, said Ikbel Jourchi, the wife of mosque president Mohamed Yangui.

“It’s shocking, especially in Quebec City, where everything is so calm,” Ms. Jourchi said in an interview.

Ms. Jourchi said her husband is normally at the mosque during the evening prayer but stayed home Sunday night because their son needed help with his homework. Mr. Yangui headed to the mosque when he heard the news, she said.

“It’s crazy in the community,” as news of the shootings spread and names of the injured and dead began to circulate, Ms. Jourchi said.

French-language media reported that one of the suspects was armed with an AK-47.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard was quick to condemn the mosque shootings, saying “Quebec rejects categorically this barbaric violence.”

Write to Elena Cherney at elena.cherney@wsj.com

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