A white university student has been named as the only suspect in a mosque massacre in Canada. Alexandre Bissonnette was arrested as well as a Moroccan-Canadian man. However, police officers say that only one of the men is now facing charges.
The suspect is alleged to have killed six men as they were praying at the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center. Detectives believe that he acted as a “lone wolf”. Bissonnette, who comes from Cap Rouge, an upmarket suburb of Quebec is now due to appear in court.
Six men, who were between the ages of 39 and 60 died in the massacre and a further five are in a critical condition in hospital. Another 12 have been injured. although less seriously, while the 39 others who were in the mosque managed to get out without being harmed.
Details of the victims have now started to emerge. They include a professor from the same university that the student attends, as well as a halal butcher who worked in the building next door, a government IT worker and the concierge from the mosque.
Bissonnette had made a getaway from the scene, but was arrested close by around 20 minutes after the incident when he called 911 himself. When police got to him, they found that there were two rifles and an AK-47 in his Mitsubishi. Officers say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident, which they say was a terror attack.
Up until this incident, Bissonnette had not come to the attention of police. Officers have been searching his home in Cap Rouge for evidence during the night. The gun attack came amid widespread protests across America and beyond against President Donald Trump’s ban on people entering the US from seven, mainly Muslim, countries. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was in no doubt that it was a terror attack.