Student Alexandre Bissonnette charged with Quebec mosque attack



    Student Alexandre Bissonnette charged with Quebec mosque attack

    Jan.31, Quebec: Canadian police have charged a French-Canadian student over the fatal shooting of six Muslim worshippers at a mosque in Quebec.

    Alexandre Bissonnette faces six counts of first-degree murder and five of attempted murder.

    The 27-year-old briefly appeared in a Quebec City court over Sunday evening's attack, during evening prayers at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre.

    Vigils have been held across Canada to commemorate those killed and injured.

    More than 50 people were at the mosque when the shooting erupted just before 20:00 on Sunday.

    Nineteen people were wounded - all men - and of five people still in hospital, two were in a critical condition.

    A man of Moroccan heritage who was also arrested after the attack, Mohamed Khadir, is now being treated as a witness.

    Quebec provincial police have released the names of all six victims who were killed:

    Father-of-three Azzeddine Soufiane, 57, a grocer and butcher

    Khaled Belkacemi, 60, a professor in the food science department at Laval University

    Father-of-three, Abdelkrim Hassen, 41, an IT worker for the government

    Aboubaker Thabti, 44, and two Guinean nationals, Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42, and Ibrahima Barry, 39

    The Oslo Times International News Network

     
     

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