Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced the shooting rampageat a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, as "a terrorism attack on Muslims" on Sunday.
The mayor of Gatineau, Quebec, near Canada's capital of Ottawa, said there would be increased police presence at mosques around his city following the attack. Adding to the shock and outrage is the fact that Quebec City, a metropolitan area of about 806,000 people, saw just two killings in all of 2015.
The 27-year-old appeared at Quebec City Court over the shooting which happened during evening prayers which were attended by some 50 people.
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Quebec's Premier, Philippe Couillard, called for unity in the face of violence.
"If the killers meant to set people of different faiths against each other or to divide them, they must not and will not succeed in that", Steffen Seibert said.
He again urged Quebecers to work together and to continue expressing solidarity with the Muslim community.
The CBC reported that somone left a pig's head on the mosque's doorstep this past June, during the holy month of Ramadan.
The attack comes a day after US President Trump signed an executive order, temporarily banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, including dual citizens and Syrian refugees.
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El Manoug said the man asked for money to go to Montreal before leaving the mosque.
"Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country", Trudeau said.
Canadian police officers on patrol after the shooting at the mosque.
Nakua questioned whether anti-Muslim rhetoric, particularly in the United States, motivated the shooting, in which six people died and more were critically injured.
There have been several high-profile Islamophobic incidents in Canada over the last several years. In 2013 police investigated after a mosque in the Saguenay region of Quebec was splattered with pig's blood.
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