Last night, on January 29, 2017, a gunman walked into a mosque in Quebec City, killed six people and wounded several more. Worshippers were at the mosque for the evening prayers.
The suspect left by car, called 911 to say he was involved, stopped his vehicle and waited for police, authorities said.
In such tragic events, our thoughts, at GardaWorld, are with victims and their families in Quebec.
We would also like to share a guide that was developed by Homeland Security back in 2013 that provides security practices by religious communities to “deter threats, address hazards and risks, as well as minimize the damage from an incident in their religious facilities, including mass casualty events.” The guide explains that the first step to developing a comprehensive security program is to identify the threats that potentially jeopardize the physical well-being of the individuals in the religious facility, including targeted violence in religious facility settings, Improvised Explosive Device (IED), Vehicle‐Borne Explosive Device (VBIED), and arson. It also provides prevention, protection, and mitigation recommendations for religious facilities and community partners can take to reduce or eliminate the risk to life and property.
If you have any concerns, would like to speak with a GardaWorld consultant or get additional material on security for places of worship, do not hesitate to contact us. You might also want to read this article: 8 signs of a terrorist strike: be prepared to deter potential attacks.