The suspected gunman responsible for yesterday night’s Quebec mosque shooting has been named, whilst another man who was initially arrested has been released by police as a key witness.
The alleged gunman behind the Quebec mosque terrorist attack which killed six people has been identified as police released the other man they arrested.
Alexandre Bissonnette, a French-Canadian, has been named as the pair arrested by Canadian police following the shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre in the Sainte-Foy area yesterday night.
Mohamed el Khadir, of Moroccan origin, was initially arrested but is now said to be considered a key witness, TVA reported.
Khadir was arrested near the mosque while Bissonnette was tracked down about 15 miles away, it was reported.
The suspect is a resident of Quebec City and attended the University of Laval, reported French-language Radio-Canada.
Photos of Bissonnette have been published on Canadian media but his Facebook account can no longer be accessed.
However, 5Pillars managed to take screen grabs of Bissonnette’s Facebook account before it was taken down. It appears that the suspected gunman had liked Marine Le Pen, Donald Trump, the Israeli Defence Force, United with Israel and other right-wing anti-Muslim Facebook pages.
The developments follow claims Bissonnette allegedly called police and confessed because he “felt bad”.
He was being hunted by when he reportedly made the call to emergency services just 20 minutes after the massacre in Quebec City.
The 27-year-old man told emergency services he “felt bad” due to his alleged role in the mass shooting and was threatening to kill himself, the French-language newspaper Le Soleil reported.
Police have yet to give a motive for the shootings, citing an ongoing investigation.