One of the gunmen reportedly had an AK-47. Heard yelling “Allahu Akbar.” Could be a Muslim on Muslim sectarian massacre.
Unconfirmed reports say the shooters are Syrian. But fake news reports are everywhere.
Heavy A tweet appearing to be from a Reuters breaking news account identified the gunmen in a terrorist attack on a Quebec City mosque as two white supremacists, named David Aurine and Mathieu Fornier. But the account is fake. Its profile says it is a “Parody that’s not actually affiliated with Reuters in any way.” It was suspended Sunday night by Twitter.
Two suspects were taken into custody after the shooting, police told reporters at the scene.
Sources told TVA Nouvelles one of the suspects has a French name and is a Quebec native, while the other has a name of “Arab origin.” Police haven’t confirmed that report.
In the live video, one of the men recording can be heard saying in Arabic, “he’s escaped. He was on his feet, he’s escaped,” the Huffington Post reports. According to the Huffington Post, one of the men can also be heard saying in Arabic, “This is the result of Trump.”
— National Post (@nationalpost) January 30, 2017
CBC (h/t Susan K) 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.