VIDEO: BC Muslim Association calls on police, Muslims to be vigilant after Quebec mosque shooting

Early reports indicate six people killed and five in critical condition after an attack in Quebec City.




The BC Muslim Association urged police to protect places of worship and Muslims to be more vigilant for suspicious activities , in the wake of the fatal shootings at a mosque in Quebec.

Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, faces several charges, including murder, after gunfire erupted at the Islamic Cultural Centre de Quebec in Quebec City Sunday night, leaving six people dead and five others in critical condition. Police have yet to speak on motive.

RELATED: Hospital says 5 critical after Quebec mosque shooting

“Place of worship is a sacred sanctity and should always be maintained irrespective of one’s faith,” the association said.

“It is our belief that no group or individual in a free and just society should live in fear because of their ethnicity, faith or religious beliefs.”

A candlelight vigil is set to take place in Vancouver on Monday evening, outside the Al-Jamia Masjid mosque. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Police Chief Adam Palmer are expected to attend. Al-Jamia Masjid was the first mosque to open its doors in Western Canada, back in 1965.

Another vigil is expected to occur in Surrey on Friday, hosted by the Amazing Tutors Children’s Foundation.

RELATED: Kelowna Islamic Centre outraged over mosque attack

Raza Mirani, general secretary with the Pakistan Canada Association, said most mosques in B.C. have security cameras, but they are still public places and open to all.

“Making it more difficult to attend defeats the purpose” Milani said, adding that he’s waiting to learn about the motive for the Quebec City attack.

In the meantime, he said the messages from British Columbians have all been positive.

He was at the association’s gala on Sunday, celebrating its 50th anniversary when guests got word of the attack.

They were quick to give condolences and support, especially during a time when Mirani said many Muslims are feeling segregated because of U.S. President Donald Trump’s order to ban those from seven Muslim-majourity countries from entering his country.

RELATED: B.C. Religious leaders call on Canada to act against U.S. immigration ban

Premier Christy Clark released a statement Monday morning, saying she was “shocked and saddened by the tragic shooting in Quebec, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the incident as “a terrorist attack on Muslims.”

 

 

Just Posted

‘Coffee with Cops’ visits Cloverdale

Surrey RCMP Wendy Mehat says there is always a good response from the public for the informal chat sessions

Surrey’s top cop Dwayne McDonald is moving on

McDonald’s new role is RCMP’s criminal operations officer in charge of federal, investigative services and organized crime for B.C.

Overdose deaths down in Surrey, but more than two people still dying a week

As of the end of August, 86 people died by illicit drug overdose in Surrey, which is a drop from 2018

Federal candidates’ Facebook ad spending disclosed

Facebook’s new Ad Library shows how much candidates are spending on advertisements

GOWN UP to raise $10m for Surrey Memorial Hospital upgrades

The money will be used to upgrade 10 operating rooms, buy cutting-edge equipment and recruit more top-notch surgeons

VIDEO: B.C. man’s yard comes alive with grizzlies at night

Malakwa man has captured images of 12 different grizzlies on video

Man who orchestrated Mission murders gets day parole after serving less than three years

Victims’ parents express grief, outrage over parole board decision

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

ELECTION 2019: Climate strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

Most Read