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Quebec mosque reveals carnage from shooting

Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 01:50

Bloodstains and bullet holes are pictured inside the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre, where six people were killed Sunday in a mass shooting. Havovi Cooper reports

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Broadcasters: NO ACCESS CANADA Digital: NO ACCESS CANADA . For Reuters customers only. News cameras capturing a scene of carnage inside the Quebec City mosque where a gunman opened fire over the weekend, killing six people and wounding eight others. Footage shows pools of dried blood on the green carpets and bullet-riddled walls. Members of the congregation telling Reuters how the suspect- 27-year old Alexandre Bissonnette-- armed with 2 guns including a pistol-opened fire. SOUNDBITE) (English) WORSHIPER AND WITNESS AHMED ELREFAI SAYING: "The gunman went from this entry -- this is the entry of the mosque -- he started shooting people outside at the entrance, and then he came and he started shooting at, if you look at, this is a bathroom, he started shooting people here, and then he entered from that opening and then he started killing people on that corner, behind this pillar, and at the end of the mosque. So this is the crime scene." In the chaos, witnesses say they rushed to find hiding spots and treat the wounded. Congregants also describe moments of bravery--when Azzedine Soufiane, a grocery store owner, rushed the attacker instead of fleeing, but was shot dead. Neighbors say Bissonnette, who posted on Facebook that he was a fan of U.S. President Donald Trump and far-right French politician Marine Le Pen-- had rented an apartment nearby-- a sign he was possibly planning to target the house of worship. The Facebook page has been taken down since the shooting. The French-Canadian university student, the sole suspect in the shooting was charged Monday with 6 counts of premeditated murder. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the slaying "a terrorist attack on Muslims." The mass shooting-rare for Canada--prompting an outpouring of support for the mosque and for the nation's 1 million Muslims.

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Quebec mosque reveals carnage from shooting

Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 01:50