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Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement marking the third anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec on Jan. 29, 2017:

“Three years ago today, a man entered a mosque, the Centre Culturel Islamique in Quebec, and opened fire, killing six people and injuring many others. This terrorist attack devastated the country and was a profound violation felt by communities around the world.

“Today, we remember and honour the lives of Ibrahima Barry, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Abdelkrim Hassane, Azzedine Soufiane and Aboubaker Thabti, who were taken from their friends, families and communities because of their religious beliefs.

“As we mourn together with the Muslim community, we reaffirm our commitment to stand against racism, violence and discrimination.

“As British Columbians and Canadians, diversity and equality are part of who we are. Our government will continue to hold these values at the centre of our work to build a better, more just province for everyone.”