Here's What We Know About The Quebec Mosque Shooters

posted by John Mountz -

UPDATE: According to a report from Fox News, Alexandre Bissonnette is now considered the lone suspect in Sunday night's shooting at a Mosque in Quebec. The second man taken into custody, Mohamed Khadir, was originally named by police as a suspect, but is now considered a witness.

ORIGINAL STORY:At least six people were killed during a prayer service at a Quebec mosque on Sunday evening by a pair of masked gunmen, according to reports from the Canadian press. Police have arrested two suspects who they've identified as Alexandre Bissonnette and Mohamed Khadir.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau quickly condemned the attack, calling it a "terrorist attack on Muslims."

Here's what we know about the suspects so far.

One Of The Attackers Is Of Moroccan Origin

According to reports, Mohamed Khadir is of "Moroccan origin." Khadir was arrested at the scene of the shooting, while Bissonnette fled the scene in a Mitsubishi, according to The Daily Mail.

Both Attackers Were Students

Both Bissonnette and Khadir are students at Quebec's Laval University.

At Least One Shooter Was Shouting "Allahu Akbar" During The Attack

In what could be an indication of Jihadist motive, at least one of the suspects shouted "Allahu Akbar", or God is great in Arabic, during the attack.

Fox News reports:

A witness who asked to remain anonymous told Radio Canada the two shooters were masked.

"It seemed to me that they had a Quebecois 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," the person said.

According to the Le Soleil newspaper, one of the gunmen was armed with an AK-47.

One Gunman Turned Himself In

Fox News reports:

One of the gunmen actually turned himself in, calling 911 less than 20 minutes later and giving officers his location in d'Orleans so they could arrest him, police said. The attack unfolded in the men's section of the mosque.

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