Peel Police Promise Vigilance in Wake of Quebec City Attack

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After last night’s horrific attack on a Quebec City mosque left six people dead and 18 wounded, Peel police are offering condolences and reminding residents that they will remain “vigilant and attentive when conducting patrols around mosques and Islamic centres.”

The shooting, which took place at Quebec City’s Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec (Islamic cultural centre of Quebec), is still under investigation. The CBC reports that five people are in hospital in critical condition, with three currently in intensive care. A hospital spokesperson announced that 13 people have since been released.

A total of 39 people managed to escape the mosque without injury.

The CBC reports that authorities have arrested a man, Alexandre Bissonnette, in connection with the shooting.

Earlier today, Peel Regional police released a statement on behalf of Chief Jennifer Evans offering condolences and promising to be vigilant in the face of the recent tragedy.

This act of violence is reprehensible. Peel Region is known to be one of the most diverse and inclusive communities in Ontario and Canada. Our county is stronger and better for that diversity, and we offer our solidarity to those in Quebec City,” said Chief Jennifer Evans.

In light of this tragic event, we want to assure the citizens of Peel Region, and in particular those of Muslim faith, that our officers will remain vigilant and attentive when conducting patrols around Mosques and Islamic centres,” the statement reads.

Other Peel region authorities and officials have also expressed their dismay at the attack.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie took to Twitter to say that the city strongly condemns the shootings and is sending thoughts and prayers to victims, families, the community and first responders.

Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey also tweeted her thoughts, saying that the city is grieving for everyone killed in the shocking attack.

Both mayors also used Twitter to remind residents that both cities are open, welcoming and inclusive and will continue to celebrate and embrace their reputations as diverse places where everyone is welcome.

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