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Donald Trump Calls Prime Minister Justin Trudeau After Mosque Attack In Quebec

01/30/2017 12:31 EST | Updated 01/30/2017 12:31 EST

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken with U.S. President Donald Trump, who expressed his condolences to Canadians today in the wake of a deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City.

A spokeswoman for Trudeau says Trump also "offered to provide any assistance as needed."

Trudeau is planning to travel to Quebec City later today as the country reels from the deadly shooting, which took place at the Centre culturel islamique de Quebec.

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President Donald Trump called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to offer his condolences after a deadly attack on a Quebec City mosque killed six people and injured at least 12. (Photo: CP/Reuters)

Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will travel with him.

Trudeau also plans to make a formal statement about the tragedy in the House of Commons, where Parliament is resuming after the Christmas break.

No other details were immediately released. The prime minister has condemned the incident as a terrorist attack.

'The door will always be open'

Six people between the ages of 35 and 70, were killed in the bloody massacre that took place Sunday at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec in Quebec City's Sainte-Foy neighbourhood.

At least 12 other people were taken to hospital with minor injuries, according to the Centre Hospitalier Universite Laval.

Police had two people in custody Sunday night — one was arrested not far from the mosque while another was arrested just east of Quebec City's downtown core.

Police say following their investigation, only one of the two arrested in connection with the shooting is considered a suspect.

MPs on both sides of the House of Commons shared their reactions as they returned to Ottawa Monday morning.

Conservative MP Sylvie Boucher, who represents a riding in the Quebec City area, had tears in her eyes as she described her reaction to the attack.

She said she spoke to her daughters Monday morning before leaving for Ottawa and told them to share a positive message with their Muslim friends.

"Tell them the door will always be open," she said.

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