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Quebec premier calls for unity after 'terrorist attack'

Quebec's Premier has delivered a heartfelt message to the province's Muslims in a speech following the mosque shooting last night.

"I want to say a few words to our fellow Quebecers, Muslim Quebecers - we are with you, this is your home, you are welcome here, we are all Quebecers," said Premier Philippe Couillard this morning.

"The first duty of our society is to establish security, safety of the people, which we are doing with the police forces at all levels ... We also have to keep repeating that we must maintain solidarity and unity between our communities."

He urged citizens to 'be there to indicate solidarity' at rallies on Monday to pay tribute to those affected by the attack.

Six people were killed and eight injured in the shooting at a Quebec City mosque in what both Couillard and Canada's prime minister have called an "act of terrorism".


British woman dies in snowmobile accident in Canada

A British woman has died in a snowmobile accident in Canada.

Charlotte Mei Ling Lee, 31, from Bristol, was with her boyfriend, Domynique Tamaire, who was also injured in the incident in Quebec.

Messages of support to Mr Tamaire have been left on Facebook.

One from Bon Rayment read: "I don't know what to say to you Dom as no words will make this tragedy any better but I wanted you to know that we are thinking of you and send you lots of love.

"I hope you make a speedy recovery from injuries. Thank you for making Charlotte so happy since she met you."

Another, from Annabel Stewart, said: "I'm so sorry she is gone as you made each other so happy. We are all thinking of you and sending you love."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said it was aware of an incident on January 5th and was providing consular assistance.

Oil involved in Quebec rail disaster 'was mislabelled'

Crude oil being transported by a train that derailed and exploded in Canada was mislabelled as a less dangerous product, Canadian officials have told the Associated Press.

A police officer looks on near the site of the train wreckage in Lac Megantic Credit: REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger

The rail disaster killed 47 people and demolished part of the small town of Lac Megantic in the province of Quebec in July.

Investigators say the oil was labelled 'Group 3' instead of 'Group 2' which is used to designate liquids as explosive as petrol.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has issued new safety advice as a result of the findings.

One body of Canada rail disaster formally identified

Only one of the bodies recovered by emergency services in the Quebec rail disaster has been formally identified, according to police.

Police inspector Michel Forget said the families of those missing had all now been informed that their loved ones were presumed dead.

Now we are standing here with a number of 50 persons that we are considering most probably dead in this tragedy.

We informed them of the potential loss of their loved ones. You have to understand that it's a very emotional moment, and our thoughts are with these families.


Police: 60 people missing or dead after train blast

A police officer looks on near the site of the train wreckage in Lac Megantic Credit: REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger

The number of people dead or missing after an oil-tanker train exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic has risen to 60 from 50, police said today.

None of the 15 bodies they have found has been identified and few residents hold out hope that any of the missing will be found alive.

Some 200 investigators are sifting through the wreckage of the explosion, which left giant fuel carriages upturned and forced the evacuation of some 2,000 of the town's residents.

Train boss: Engineer suspended from job without pay

Edward Burkhardt, the CEO of Rail World Inc, has said that an employee of the company suspected of failing to engage the brakes of a runaway train has been suspended without pay.

“I don’t think he’ll be back working for us,” he is cited as saying the Montreal Gazette.

On his first visit to the small Canadian town of Lac-Mégantic, where the blast occurred, Mr Burkhardt said it looked "like a war zone".

He also said he believes "there was no sabotage" to the train - something he is reported to have alleged earlier.

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