Two Guineans were killed in the attack on a mosque in Quebec, Canada that left six dead on Sunday night, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The two Guinean victims were identified as Ibrahima Barry, a father of four, and Mamadou Tanou Barry, who had two sons.
Ibrahima moved to Canada a few years ago and worked in information technology at the health insurance board of Quebec, NAN reports.
Mamadou Tanou similarly migrated to Canada in recent years and provided for both his family in Canada and at home in Guinea, according to his friend.
“Tanou lost his father three years ago, so it became his responsibility to support not only his family here but also his family in Africa,” Moussa Sangare said. “Now that’s all been cut.”
The Guinean government confirmed the death of the two expatriates.
The other victims in the attack were a professor, an accountant, a butcher, and a pharmacist.
The attacker was identified as Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27-year-old French-Canadian student who is known to hold far-right, nationalist views.
Reputable sources had earlier reported that one Mohamed Belkhabir was a suspect, but it was revealed that he was merely a witness who regularly worshipped at the mosque. Sources had also indicated that two or three gunmen carried out the attack, but it was later revealed that Mr. Bissonnette was the lone attacker.
He was subsequently arrested and charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder with a restricted weapon.
While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the shooting a “terrorist attack,” Mr. Bissonnette has not been charged with terrorism-related offenses.