One year later: Canada remembers victims of Quebec City mosque shooting

Jan 29 2018, 6:21 pm

Vigils and ceremonies are being held across the country in memory of the lives lost in last year’s terrorist attack at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec mosque in Quebec City.

Azzedine Soufiane, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Abdelkrim Hassane, Mamadou Tanou Barry and Ibrahima Barry were attending a prayer service when a gunman entered the mosque and began shooting. Nineteen people were also injured in the gruesome attack.

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend a special vigil in Quebec City, alongside Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.

In a statement, Trudeau sent a reminder that “the Government of Canada stands in solidarity with Canada’s Muslim community.”

“This was a terrorist attack against all Canadians, meant to test our resolve and weaken our values. It failed. In the wake of the shooting, a solidarity movement formed across the country as Canadians united to condemn the attack and counter hatred with hope.”

Other Canadians also took to Twitter denounce hatred and Islamophobia.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is organizing remembrance and solidarity events across the country.

“Today’s commemoration is about Canadians remembering and honouring the victims of the attack.” It is also about inviting all Canadians to take a break from violence,” said NCCM Board Chair Kashif Ahmed, in a statement.

Remembrance events will be taking place today in:

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