MONTREAL: Quebec police are investigating who sent a a desecrated Koran to a Quebec mosque where a white supremacist killed six people in a shooting in January, a police spokesman said Wednesday.
The package containing the Koran and a message of hate was delivered by mail on Friday to the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec in the city’s Sainte-Foy neighborhood.
The incident occurred two days before a referendum on a proposed Muslim cemetery in a small town outside the city, but was not publicly disclosed to avoid influencing the outcome of the vote.
The proposed cemetery was rejected Sunday by a vote of 19 to 16.
“The investigators are in continuous communication with mosque officials to identify the whereabouts of the people who sent the package and to determine whether a crime was committed,” he said.
Quebec Prime Minister Philippe Couillard condemned the incident as a “cowardly act” targeting Quebec’s Muslims. “Nobody deserves to be treated like this,” he said.
A Canadian student with white supremacist views opened fire January 29 on worshippers at evening prayer in the mosque, killing six.
Last year, the head of a pig was left on the grounds of the mosque, an incident that has yet to be resolved, said Poitras.