Incident Summary:

01/29/2017: An assailant opened fire inside the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. At least six people were killed and 19 people were injured in the assault. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to a right-wing extremist, identified as Alexandre Bissonnette.




North America

region/u.s. state:


Quebec City

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Sainte-Foy neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target Canada
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Ibrahim Barry, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Abdelkrim Hassane, Aoubaker Thabti, Azzedine Soufiane, and Khaled Belkacemi. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Right-wing extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 19 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 19
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Canadians ask: what radicalized alleged Quebec City mosque gunman?," The Guardian, February 1, 2017."
"Quebec mosque suspect known to people who monitor far-right groups," CNN, January 31, 2017."
"5 Reported Dead in Shooting at Quebec City Mosque," New York Times, January 30, 2017."