Five people died after gunmen opened fire at a mosque Canadian city of Quebec, during prayers.

The incident happened when three gunmen opened fire on 40 people inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center.

Police has not yet confirmed the number of victims. Several people were also wounded.

“There are many victims ... there are deaths,” a Quebec police‎ spokesman said.

“Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,” said Mohamed Yangui, the mosque's president.

Yangui was not in the mosque when the shooting occurred, but received calls from people at evening prayers. He did not know the number of casualties, saying they had been taken to different hospitals in Quebec City.

The news comes as protests met U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order which bans Muslims from 7 countries from entering the United States.

In another incident yesterday, the Islamic Center of Victoria, which experience a burglary just a week ago, was reported to be on fire at around 2 am and was burning in flames when emergency services attended the scene, the Victoria Advocate reported.

“It's sad to stand there and watch it collapse down, and the fire was so huge,” said Shahid Hashmi, the Islamic center's president. “It looks completely destroyed.”