Hate crimes targeting Muslim-Canadians more than doubled between 2012 and 2014 — a period in which such offences as a whole fell across the country. Last year, the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City was the target of an Islamophobic attack. A pig’s head was left on the centre’s doorstep, alongside a note that read, “bon appetit”. Pork is forbidden in Islam. The National Council of Canadian Muslims expressed outrage at Sunday’s attack and called for the country to come together in the face of senseless violence and hatred.

“We are heartened by the overwhelming support from fellow Canadians in this time of deep crisis. We must unite together against divisive forces that seek to harm our communities,” said Ihsaan Gardee, the national council’s executive director in a statement. The NCCM, a national lobby group that tracks anti-Muslim hate crimes, called on police to increase security around mosques and Islamic centres across Canada following the attack.