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Six people killed in Quebec City mosque shooting

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Posted at 1:53 AM, Jan 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-30 16:18:59-05

Police say six people were killed and eight wounded at the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday.

A police spokesperson says several people wounded in the attack were gravely injured. The deceased victims range in age from 35 to 70 years old. At the time of the shooting, 39 people were inside the mosque.

Quebec City police spokesman Constable Pierre Poirier said two suspects have been arrested. One suspect was arrested at the scene and another was arrested nearby. Police have not released their names.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard termed the act "barbaric violence" and expressed solidarity with the victims' families.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling a shooting at a Quebec City mosque a "terrorist attack on Muslims." Trudeau says in a statement that it is "heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence," and he's vowing that Canadian law enforcement "will make every effort to apprehend the perpetrators of this act and all acts of intolerance."