One of two gunmen who shouted ‘Allahu akbar!’ as they opened fire at a mosque in Quebec City was of Moroccan origin, a witness and local media reported Monday, revealing the first details about the attackers in the massacre that killed six people.
The two unnamed suspects were arrested soon after the shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre Sunday night, police spokesman Constable Pierre Poirier said. One of the gunman actually turned himself in, calling police less than 20 minutes later because he felt guilty, the French-language newspaper Le Soleil reported.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the attack, calling it a “terrorist attack on Muslims.”
The attackers were students at Université Laval, a school in Quebec, a source close to the investigation told Radio Canada, saying one was Moroccan.
The attack happened roughly 24 hours after the Canadian Prime Minister Tweeted:
Police did not reveal a possible motive. One suspect was arrested at the scene and another nearby in d’Orleans, and police said they did not believe there were other suspects.
One of the suspects was armed with an AK-47, the Le Soleil newspaper reported. One gunman reportedly was 27 years old.
A witness who asked to remain anonymous told Radio Canada the two gunmen were masked.
“It seemed to me that they had a Quebecois accent. They started to fire, and as they shot they yelled, ‘Allahu akbar!’ The bullets hit people that were praying. People who were praying lost their lives. A bullet passed right over my head,” the person said.