Report: Quebec City Mosque Shooter Yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’

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Canadian media are reporting that one of the shooters at a Quebec City mosque shouted “Allahu Akbar” while killing as many as six people.

However, it’s since emerged that the accused gunman has right-wing political beliefs.

Friends and those who knew suspect Alexandre Bissonnette online said he had extreme political beliefs, but he was not known to be violent. Eric Debroise said he called police after the shooting and told them Bissonnette is “very right and (an) ultra nationalist white supremacist,” the French-language newspaper Le Journal de Quebec reports. “He really liked Trump and had a permanent discontent with the left.”

La Presse is reporting that police are considering the mass shooting a terrorist attack. Quebec’s premier, Philippe Couillard called it a “terrorist” act on Twitter.

On January 30, Canadian media identified the suspects as Bissonnette and another man. However, the police and Canadian media are now reporting that the second man is a witness, not a suspect.

TV Nouvelles reported, “According to information obtained by TVA News, the first suspect would be a 27-year-old man with a strong Quebec accent.”

The Allahu Akbar report always seemed, on the face of it, confusing, since the target was a mosque. The mosque has also been the subject of hate crimes in the past; for example, a pig’s head was left at the mosque in June. The motive has not yet been released by authorities, Reuters is reporting. Some media reports said there was possibly a third suspect. However, as the dust cleared and the chaos subsided, police said they believe that the gunman acted alone.

According to CBC, an anonymous witness told Radio-Canada, a French language service, that two masked suspects entered the mosque. The witness told the radio station, according to CBC:

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.

It’s not clear whether or why that witness account was wrong.

The witness said children were present. Forty people were praying at the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre when the shooting unfolded, according to The New York Times. The Huffington Post also reported the Allahu Akbar account, although news reports on it appear to all originate from the Radio Canada witness. Eight were injured.

Another witness said in Arabic at the scene, “This is the result of Trump,” reported the Huffington Post. The mass shooting came as, across the border in the United States, protests broke out at major airports over the American president’s immigration ban, which affects seven Muslim majority countries. Donald Trump has said he instituted the temporary ban to prevent terrorist attacks from radical Islamic terrorists, such as ISIS. Opponents have accused the U.S. president of discriminating against Muslims.

There was a lot of misinformation stemming from the mass shooting. Fake news sites have falsely identified two white supremacists as the suspects, and reports that police scanner traffic named two suspects who were Syrian refugees are unverified and seem contradicted by the Radio Canada witness, who said the suspects spoke with Quebec accents. Read more about the false accounts on the suspects here.

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Canadian police officers respond to a shooting in a mosque at the Québec City Islamic cultural center on Sainte-Foy Street in Quebec city on January 29, 2017. (Getty)

Reuters quoted the Mosque president as saying that five people had died in the shooting and others were injured. The number deceased later rose to six.

The Huffington Post reported that Islamophobia has risen in Quebec, “the face-covering, or niqab, became a big issue in the 2015 Canadian federal election, especially in Quebec, where the vast majority of the population supported a ban on it at citizenship ceremonies.” The newspaper reported that the suspects had a Quebecois accent.

This story will be updated when more is known about the motive for the attack.

Read more about the mosque shooting here:

See Facebook Live video from the scene here:

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29 Comments

Sheitan Kafir

So how is the fact that the killers shouted Allahu Akbar related to Trump? This looks purely like internal fight in the name of religion of peace, nothing else …

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Kolia

Possible Wahhabi Salafi attack on mosque in Canada, with alleged suspects (yet unconfirmed…Bashir al-Taweed and Hassan Matti) allegedly yelling ‘ ALLAHU AKBAR’ before shooting spree began…yet to be confirmed. Wahhabi Salafi Takfiri Jihadi murder more Muslims than Westerners. Alternatively it could be far right white supremacists who mockingly use the Jihadi war cry as a token of revenge.

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Edward Edwards

“Alternatively it could be far right white supremacists who mockingly use the Jihadi war cry as a token of revenge.:

White Christians do not indiscriminately murder innocent people unless they’ve went off the deep end and are not in their right minds. Arab Muslims do it so much it has become a world-wide epidemic. Run a Google check to see how many terrorist-related attacks were committed by Islam. It will be in the thousands, and it will involve 98% Muslims.

That you want to deflect the blame from the greatest killers and rapists and torturers of human beings on the planet reveals quite clearly that you are the average left-wing advocate who has been mentally conditioned like a lab rat until you are incapable of thinking objectively.

Beware, my gullible, naive friend. Trudeau just announced that he will take the Muslim jihadists that Trump rejects, so your future is going to be one of death and destruction for your country. Hopefully you won’t lose many family members to the Islamic menace that wants to rule the world under Sharia Law.

And beware also that as Trump gets deeper into his tenure there will be MANY more advocates who come to his side when they realize the reality that he is absolutely correct in what he does and with this realization will come millions of adherents to his cause, likely many of your neighbors.

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Don Moniak

You wrote it is not clear whether or why the single witness account was wrong. Perhaps it was both. Eyewitness accounts can be completely unreliable, especially following a traumatic event. Other witnesses reported the suspect had no mask and shouted no words. This was truly a media frenzy, with Sean Spicer shamelessly exploiting the murders prior to any known facts about the killer(s).

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Neff

ISIS/Al Queda Sunni Muslim terrorists attacking a moderate mosque because the mosque is too moderate and not extreme Sunni/Wahhabist enough.

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IdeClair

Anti Muslim feelings have been brewing for 3 years and Trump haters want to blame him? How about putting the blame on those who committed the act and not on someone else?

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Gregory Lewis

I don’t know where to begin saying what’s wrong with blaming this terrorist attack on Trump. By that rationale, it means that every other terrorist attack in the past 8 years was all Obama’s fault? Is that what they’re saying? Or does this perverted logic only apply to Trump?

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johnkneeland2016

Did you miss the last election, where a demagogue named was fear-baiting against Muslims? Did you miss his bullshit ban on all Muslims from certain countries, none of them the source of terrorist incidents in the U.S.? Are you really this stupid?

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TARKUS

“fear-baiting against Muslims”? I think you have it backwards. Mr. Trump isn’t the one shooting up night clubs and community centers, or bombing airports in Paris or Istanbul, or cutting off non-believers’ heads and posting the videos on YouTube.

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Edward Edwards

“Another witness said in Arabic at the scene, “This is the result of Trump,” reported the Huffington Post. ”

If these mosques had never been built and Arabs had not invaded countries outside their own this attack would never have happened. That hardly has anything to do with Trump as much as these miscreants would like to blame it on him.

What does Arabs killing Arabs have to do with Trump? They kill each other by the tens of thousands in their home countries.

Islam is a religion of fanaticism and war. There is very little that is peaceful about it.

Since the authorities are holding back the names of the perps, it looks like the shooters are Muslim. If they were white Christian the government controlled press would be lamenting it all over their front pages. Also, why would a non-Muslim hysterically scream Allahu Akbar?

Christians do not commit acts like these, but the seriously mentally handicapped Trudeau wants to give the impression the attackers were not Muslims, saying it is an attack on Muslims.

Trudeau had better get used to it. By offering to take the Muslim jihadists Trump is refusing he is putting every Canadian and their children in danger. It is shameful. This man and other globalists like him are evil to their very core.

The Muslims who survived can live another day to beat their wives and hold them in a kind of slavery, brainwashing them so badly they think they deserve the horrendous abuse they get.

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TARKUS

Pamela Geller reports that a police radio scanner intercepted “The two suspects are Bashir al-Taweed and Hassan Matti, Syrians who entered Canada as refugees last week.”

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TARKUS

Protecting your citizens from terrorism is not bigotry. Massacring people because they don’t agree with your religious beliefs is.

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Nunyabidnizz

“The two suspects are Bashir al-Taweed and Hassan Matti, Syrians who entered Canada as refugees last week.

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Tommy

Too early to know anything about one of the terrorists, but I’s rather rich that the other is a muslim, yelling Allahu Akbar. Many muslims hate other muslim sects, and when they hate, jihad is the way.

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TARKUS

A Muslim picked me up hitchhiking once and told me if everybody converted to Islam, there would be peace. I’m like, “Okkk….”

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bhhoot

Maybe trump brainwashed him into it at his dismantled torture chamber in the gitmo ? Just to shut the lipsticky trudeau brat about huggin’ and blowin’ all rag heads with open arms.

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M

Yeah I’m pretty sure you might want to issue a retraction for this false reporting now that we know he is a French Canadian White Nationalist. Coincidentally, he likes Trump and Marie Le Pen according to his Facebook page which was taken down. Sad reporting but hey we know who created this site

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Special Snowflake (@SpecSnowflk)

How can you say that the accused shooter was right wing when the *two shooters* were said to be wearing masks at the time? You don’t know which shooter yelled. Also, we are relying on hearsay that he had right wing beliefs.

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Robert Sheen

Trump is not banning Muslims. He is banning EVERYONE from specific wartime nations.. It is every countries right & duty to decide who gets in. No racism / xenophobia involved. Where was the outcry when Obama implemented this law during his administration?..

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Don Moniak

You wrote it is not clear whether or why the single witness account was wrong. Perhaps it was both. Eyewitness accounts can be completely unreliable, especially following a traumatic event. Other witnesses reported the suspect had no mask and shouted no words. This was truly a media frenzy, with Sean Spicer shamelessly exploiting the murders prior to any known facts about the killer(s).

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