In chilling footage of Quebec mosque shooting, a widow finds solace and a testament to her husband’s bravery

Source: The Globe and Mail

To lawyers, the chilling video of the Quebec City mosque shooting may have been a simple legal document. To Najat Naanaa, it was tangible evidence that her late husband gave his life trying to save the lives of others.

After a year of grieving and loss for Ms. Naanaa, the security footage shown in court this week offered something that has been elusive for her: A measure of solace and even pride.

“I knew about my husband’s bravery, but the cameras proved it,” Ms. Naanaa said in an interview on Thursday. “He died the way he had lived – helping others.”

Witnesses had told Ms. Naanaa how her husband, Azzeddine Soufiane, had tried to stop gunman Alexandre Bissonnette by lunging at him inside the sanctuary on Jan. 29, 2017.

Azzeddine Soufiane is shown in a Facebook photo.


On Wednesday, a hushed Quebec Superior Court screened security footage of the rampage as part of Mr. Bissonnette’s sentencing hearing, providing a precious visual record of the actions of Mr. Soufiane and others at the mosque. (The video will not be released, but was watched by journalists inside the courtroom.)

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