LATE UPDATE from Fox News: One of the two alleged suspects has been re-described as a witness:
Only 1 man arrested in Quebec mosque terror attack is a suspect, police say
Only one of the two men arrested in the minutes after the terror attack at a mosque in Quebec City is a suspect, police revealed Monday, saying the other man they handcuffed was a witness.
The lone suspect was identified as Alexandre Bissonnette, a student at the nearby Laval University, a law enforcement source told Reuters.
Police initially named Mohamed el Khadir as a second suspect, The Associated Press reported, before cops apparently backtracked.
Do note that the ID of the suspect is from Reuters, not an official police source. The NY Times says the situation is not officially clarified. Here is the police site (French translation buttons on each tweet).
A witness told CBC's French-language Radio-Canada that two masked individuals entered the mosque as people, including several children, were praying. "It seemed to me that they had a Quebecois accent. They started to fire, and as they shot they yelled, 'Allahu akbar!'
Huh? Normally "Allahu Akhbar" is Arabic for "My motive will never be known" but in this case? Obviously there is plenty of Muslim-on-Muslim violence in the Middle East but has that been exported to Canada?
The NY Times manages to put some of the blame on Trump but, weirdly, does not call for stricter gun control in America. Whether this "Allahu Akhbar" detail will pierce their narrative remains to be seen.
IF YOU CAN'T TRUST THE BRITISH TABLOIDS...
From the Daily Mail:
Police arrest two students – one 'of Moroccan origin' - over the murder of six people shot dead in a Quebec City mosque carnage a day after Canadian PM condemned Trump immigration ban
- Two students have been arrested in Quebec for a deadly shooting at a mosque which killed six people
- Masked gunmen opened fire on worshipers inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center on Sunday at 8pm
- Six people aged between 35 and 70 were killed in the shooting which has been deemed a terrorist attack
- Five people are in critical condition, another 12 suffered less serious injuries and 39 escaped unharmed
- Witnesses told how they heard shouts of 'Allahu akbar' in Quebecois accents from the masked shooters
- One suspect called police to 'confess to his crime' and was found 'with handgun and two AK-47s' in his jeep
- On Monday he led police to a house in a residential street ten minutes away from where the shooting occurred
- The attack came amid global condemnation of US President Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban
A student from Morocco with a Quebecois accent?
OVER TO FOX NEWS:
Suspect in Quebec mosque terror attack was of Moroccan origin, report shows
One of two gunmen who shouted 'Allahu akbar!' as they opened fire at a mosque in Quebec City was of Moroccan origin, a witness and local media reported Monday, revealing the first details about the attackers in the massacre that killed six people.
The terror suspects were identified as Mohamed Khadir and Alexandre Bissonnette, the Canadian TV network TVA Nouvelles reported. They were arrested soon after the shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre Sunday night and were expected to appear in court later Monday, police told reporters.
One of those names does not sound like that of a typical jihadist.
The Montreal Gazette confirms the names, omits the "Moroccan origin" detail and doesn't add much, but the police continue to be baffled by a motive.
I assume the internet is churning those names right now. 5 Fast Facts adds little, but reminds us that "Moroccan origin" could also mean Moroccan parents but born in Canada, or brought to Canada as a child.
That said, with a Moroccan link I do suspect the "Allahu Akhbar" element will have to be acknowledged more widely, perhaps even by the NY Times.
MORE: As noted at the top, one of the men arrested is now a witness, the other a suspect. Police have yet to confirm which is which, but the media seem to have settled on Alexandre Bissonette as the shooter.
The sole suspect of the shooting at a Quebec City mosque on Sunday night that left six dead was described as a "loner," and a "troll," by people familiar with the suspect's Facebook posts, Le Soleil, a Quebec City daily, reports.
Apparently the shooter will be brought to court this afternoon and the plot twists as to his identity should end.
BISSONETTE IS CHARGED. Motive still unclear, although the chalk bet is anti-Muslim / anti-immigrant fervor. As to why a witness or witnesses described two gunmen and shouts of "Allahu Akhbar", who knows?