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Quebec mosque attack suspect charged with murder

Toronto, Jan 31: Cadian police has charged Alexandre Bissonnette with six counts of first degree murder and five of attempted murder for the Sunday attack at a mosque in Quebec, a media report said on Tuesday. Police believe Bissonnette, who was arrested a few hours after the attack on the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec, is the only suspect in the case, Efe news reported. A second man who was arrested shortly after the attack was now considered to be a witness. According to his Facebook profile, which has already been erased, Bissonnette, 27, was born in Quebec and studied anthropology and political science at Laval University. An organisation dedicated to welcoming refugees to the city said in a message posted on Facebook that Bissonnette was known for his favourable opinions of Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s ultraright, and antifeminists both at Laval University and on the social media. Cadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday told the millions of Muslims living in his country that Cada “is your home,” following the bloody attack on a Quebec mosque that left six dead and several wounded. “You enrich our shared community in immeasurable ways. It is your home,” he said in addressing Cadian Muslims while speaking in the House of Commons. (IANS)

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