Saturday 22 July 2017

Man charged with six counts of murder over Canadian mosque shooting

Police at the scene of the shooting (The Canadian Press/AP)
Police at the scene of the shooting (The Canadian Press/AP)
The shooting happened in a mosque in Quebec City (AP)

Quebec mosque attack suspect Alexandre Bissonnette has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder.

Bissonnette has also been charged with five counts of attempted murder in connection with the shooting at a mosque late on Sunday.

Quebec police had earlier said that a second man arrested following the attack was now being treated as a witness.

Six people, ranging in age from 35 to 65, were killed in the shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre, while five were in critical condition and 12 others suffered minor injuries.

The six people who died have been identified as Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42; Abdelkrim Hassane, 41; Khaled Belkacemi, 60; Aboubaker Thabti, 44; Azzeddine Soufiane, 57; and Ibrahima Barry, 39.

Bissonnette has made a brief court appearance at which he did not enter a plea.

He appeared in a white prisoner jumpsuit, and stared at his feet and fidgeted during the hearing.

His next court date is February 21.

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