Five dead in Quebec City mosque shooting

Five people have been killed after gunmen opened fire in a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, during evening prayers.

The mosque's president, Mohamed Yangui, confirmed the death toll and described the attack as "barbaric".

Earlier, a witness said that up to three gunmen fired on about 40 people inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre.

Police have put up a security perimeter around the mosque.

Mr Yangui, who was not inside the mosque when the shooting happened, said he got frantic calls from people at evening prayers.

He could not confirm how many people were injured, saying they had been taken to different hospitals across Quebec City.

Incidents of Islamophobia have increased in Quebec in recent years amid a political debate over banning the niqab, or Muslim face covering.

In 2013 police launched an investigation after a mosque in the Saguenay region of Quebec was splattered with what was believed to be pig blood.

In the neighbouring province of Ontario, a mosque was set on fire in 2015, a day after an attack by gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris.

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