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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard call shooting an act of terrorism

Quebec provincial police say six people are dead and eight were wounded after shots were fired inside a mosque on Sunday night during evening prayers.

Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Christine Coulombe says the victims range in age from 35 to 70. Some of the wounded are considered to be in critical condition.

Thirty-nine people escaped the Islamic cultural centre of Quebec in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood without injuries, according to Coulombe.

Perimeters and road blocks have been erected in other areas of Quebec City by police as part of their investigation.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said it was obvious that the shooting should be treated as an act of terrorism.

“It’s an murderous act directed at a specific community,” he said at a press conference just after 1:30 a.m.

“I think the majority of citizens, not just in Quebec but elsewhere, would describe it that way.” more