Posthumous award for victim of 2017 Canada mosque attack

Posthumous award for victim of 2017 Canada mosque attack
In this file photo taken on January 25, 2019 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks to the press after a meeting with the Muslim community at the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec in Quebec City, Canada two years after the mosque attack. (AFP)
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Updated 01 July 2020

Posthumous award for victim of 2017 Canada mosque attack

Posthumous award for victim of 2017 Canada mosque attack
  • The awards will be presented at a later date due to the coronavirus
  • The 2017 attack saw a man open fire on worshippers at the Quebec City mosque

MONTREAL: Five Canadian men were honored Wednesday for their bravery in a 2017 attack on a mosque in Quebec, including a posthumous award for Azzedine Soufiane, who was shot dead as he lunged at the gunman.
The awards, unveiled on Canada Day, will be presented by the Governor General of Canada Julie Payette at a later date due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On January 29, 2017, a man known for his far-right, nationalist sympathies opened fire on worshippers praying at the Quebec City mosque, killing six people and seriously injuring several others.
The five men tried to stop the attacker, with surveillance video showed in court revealing how Soufiane lunged at him in an attempt to save fellow worshippers.
Soufiane was posthumously awarded the Star of Courage “for having sacrificed his life while trying to disarm the shooter,” the governor general announced in a statement.
The four survivors of the attack will receive the Medal of Bravery, including one man who was left a paraplegic by the attack.