QUEBEC CITY, Canada (CBS4/AP) – The shooting at a mosque that killed six people was a terrorist attack.
The attack happened late Sunday during evening prayers, injuring an additional eight people.
According to CBS News, two people were initially arrested but one has since been cleared.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement that read, in part, “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of all those who have died, and we wish a speedy recovery to those who have been injured.
“While authorities are still investigating and details continue to be confirmed, 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 City Islamic Cultural Centre President Mohamed Yangui said the shooting happened in the men’s section of the mosque.
“No person should have to pay with their life, for their race, their color, their sexual orientation or their religious beliefs,” Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume said, appearing shaken.
Following the attacks, the New York City Police Department is stepping up patrols at mosques and other houses of worship in the city.
The NYPD issued a statement Sunday night saying Critical Response Command personnel have been “assigned to extended tour coverage” at certain mosques.
The department says it’s monitoring the situation in Quebec City.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is praying for the people of Canada and that “we must stand together.” He’s urging New Yorkers to remain vigilant.
Neither the names of the deceased nor the suspect have been released.
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