OTTAWA – On Friday Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend the funeral of two Algerians and a Tunisian man killed with three others in a mosque shooting, as he seeks to pull together a nation shaken by the hate crime.

Up to 5,000 mourners are expected to pack a hockey arena in Montreal’s Olympic park for the 1:00 pm (1800 GMT) funeral, while millions across Canada will watch it on television.

For many in this mostly secular nation, the ceremony will be their first glimpse of traditional Muslim funeral rites. There will also be prayers for the other three victims, whose memorial services will be held on Friday in Quebec City.

At least six people were killed after gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque in Canada during evening prayers here on Sunday.

According to the mosque’s president, the deaths had occurred after several gunmen apparently opened fire on up to 40 people who were inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre. – APP