Six people have been killed in a gun attack at a Quebec mosque

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Canadian police at the scene of the attack (Source: Getty)

Six people have been killed after gunmen opened fire at a mosque in Quebec during Sunday night prayers, in what Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said was a "terrorist attack on Muslims".

Eight people were also wounded in the attack.

Police said two suspects had been arrested, but gave no details as to the motive for the murders.

"It was with tremendous shock, sadness and anger that I heard of this evening’s tragic and fatal shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec located in the Ste-Foy neighbourhood of the city of Québec," said Trudeau.

"We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge. On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of all those who have died, and we wish a speedy recovery to those who have been injured."

He added: "While authorities are still investigating and details continue to be confirmed, it is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence. Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear.

"Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country. Canadian law enforcement agencies will protect the rights of all Canadians, and will make every effort to apprehend the perpetrators of this act and all acts of intolerance.

"Tonight, we grieve with the people of Ste-Foy and all Canadians."