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Quebec mosque shooting: update on the police operation

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The suspect in a fatal attack in a Quebec mosque that killed six people and seriously injured another five was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder charges in Quebec City late Monday afternoon. 

Police first believed two people were involved in Sunday’s terror attack at the Centre Cultural Islamique de Quebec in Quebec City’s Ste-Foy neighbourhood. However, one of the men arrested near the mosque was a witness who reportedly fled the scene in the midst of the police operation. 

The suspect in the fatal event is Alexandre Bissonnette, a Université Laval student.

Earlier Monday, police would not confirm the man’s identity because charges hadn’t yet been laid. 

Monday morning during a news conference involving the Sûreté du Québec, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Quebec City police and Montreal police, authorities said the suspect called police to surrender, “was armed and spoke to us about his acts.”

The second man arrested Sunday night but later released is speaking out about what happened.

Mohamed Belkhadir, a 29-year-old engineering student, told La Presse that he was trying to provide first aide to shooting victims when police mistook him for a suspect. But he doesn’t hold it against police.

Belkhadir, who had called 911 after hearing 15 to 20 seconds of gunfire, said he fled when he saw someone with a firearm. He thought it was the shooter; in fact, it was a police officer.

“I understand, I respect, that they caught me,” he told La Presse. “They saw me flee, they thought I was suspicious, that’s normal. For them, someone who flees is a suspect.”

Sûreté du Québec police officers and dogs search the area around the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Quebec City, Jan. 30, 2017.


Sûreté du Québec police officers and dogs search the area around the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Quebec City, Jan. 30, 2017.

Phil Carpenter /

Montreal Gazette

Alexandre Bissonnette

A home on Tracel St. in the Cap-Rouge district of Quebec City was among the places where the police conducted searches on Monday.

The single-family dwelling appears to belong to Bissonette’s parents, who bought the property in 1987, real-estate records show.

Bissonnette’s father is listed in the sales deed as an investigator.

A Quebec City Facebook group called Bienvenue aux réfugié said Bissonnette “is unfortunately known to

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