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BREAKING: Five dead after gunmen storm mosque

by Ellen Killoran

Police are treating it as a terrorist attack

Multiple gunman reportedly opened fire in a Quebec City mosque on Sunday, killing up to five victims and possibly injuring many more. The deadly shooting is reportedly being investigated as a terrorist attack.

A witness told Reuters that up to the three gunmen opened fire at evening prayers Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center, where about 40 people were present. According to CBC, there were children among them.

Up to five people are believed to have been killed in the shooting, with an unknown number injured. The mosque’s president, Mohamed Yangui, told Reuters that the injured victims were taken to multiple local hospitals.

“There are many victims … there are deaths,” a Quebec police‎ spokesman told reporters. Police are reportedly treating the shooting as terrorist attack.

“Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,” Yangui told Reuters.

CBC News reports that two suspects have been arrested, and that there were children present at the time of the shooting.

In July of last year, a pig’s head was left on the doorstop of Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Ellen is a seasoned journalist and former media & entertainment reporter with a taste for true crime. Formerly a senior editor at IBTimes, her work has appeared in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Maxim, NYMag, Indiewire, and more. She co-produced the HBO documentary "Youth Knows No Pain" and appeared in a documentary series that aired alongside the Lifetime movie "Manson's Lost Girls."