Quebec Mosque Shooting– On Sunday, a French-Canadian university student identified as Alexandre Bissonnette, opened fire in a Quebec City mosque, killing 6 people and injuring 19
The 6 dead victims of the Quebec Mosque Shooting were African immigrants in Canada- 2 Algerians, 2 Guinea citizens, and the other 2 from Morocco and Tunisia.
The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has condemned the “terrorist attack”.
“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge,”
“Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country.”
Alexandre Bissonnette is faced with a six-count charge of first-degree murder and five of attempted murder. It is not clear why the shooter has not been charged with any terrorism-related offenses
According to Thomas Jacques, a representative of the prosecutor’s office “the charges laid correspond to the evidence available,”
Brief Bio of the 6 Killed African Immigrants
1. Abdelkrim Hassane
Algerian-born Hassane was a husband and father “of at least” 2 boys. He was a civil servant, working as an analyst-programmer for the Quebec government.
“He was a very peaceful, sensitive man,” Mr. Redouane, Colleague.
The 41-year old studied computer engineering at the University of Science and Technology – Houari Boumediene, near Algiers. He later worked in Paris; Sûreté du Québec provincial police force, Montreal and finally settled for his last job in Quebec City.
2. Azzeddine Soufian:
The 57-year-old man was respected by his Moroccan community for his stand-out leadership. He left Morocco in the 80’s to study at Laval University in Quebec.
“The only thing we wished for was to live in peace,” Najat Naanaa, Wife.
3. Khaled Belkacemi
He was an Algerian professor at Laval University with a master’s degree in chemical engineer from Université de Sherbrooke.
4. Mamadou Tanou Barry
5. Ibrahima Barry
Mamadou Tanou Barry and Ibrahima Barry were described as an inseparable pair. They were civil servants from Guinea who lived in same building. With no blood ties, both shared the same last name.
The best friends went for a condolence visit, and then headed for prayers at the Mosque where they met their death.
Ibrahima Barry was married with 4 children. He worked for the province’s health-insurance board.
Mamadou Tanou Barry worked in IT and had two boys aged 2 and 4.
6. Boubaker Thabti
Thabti was a Tunisian pharmacy worker. The father of 2 lived close to the mosque.
In honor of the deceased 6 African immigrants Canada organized vigils as people sent in flowers and tributes.