Cornwall reacts to deadly Quebec City mosque attack

In this photo from the Al-Rashid Islamic Institute, the mosque on Second Street East in Cornwall. The imam for the place of prayer is reacting with saddness to a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Que. (Al-Rashid Islamic Institute via Newswatch Group)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated as of 1 p.m. Monday with more details of the attack in Quebec City.

QUEBEC CITY – Six people are dead and 19 injured after a shooting at a mosque Sunday night.

The mosque is at the Islamic cultural center of Quebec in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood in the provincial capital.

A witness told Reuters that up to three gunman fired people inside the center. Police are cordoned off the area around the mosque.

Two suspects have been arrested.

Usmaan Alam is an imam at the mosque at 333 Second Street in Cornwall.

Alam said many people from the community have been to the Quebec City mosque in the past. He said the shooting took place during the night prayer, known as the “Isha” prayer.

He estimated between 60 and 100 people would have gathered for the evening prayer.

“We are all very saddened by this tragic event that has taken place in Quebec City. We are praying for the deceased and their families during these very difficult times. We pray for the speedy recovery of the many injured in tonight’s attack,” Alam said in a statement to CNW.