Many in­no­cent vic­tims of U.K. con­cert at­tack ‘far too young’: Trudeau

Cape Breton Post - - News -

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau says Cana­di­ans “are shocked by the news of the hor­rific at­tack in Manch­ester” and that fed­eral of­fi­cials are “still in the process of de­ter­min­ing whether any Cana­di­ans have been im­pacted by this event.”

Trudeau is­sued a state­ment af­ter po­lice in the English city said 22 peo­ple were killed and at least 59 in­jured by an ex­plo­sion near the end of a con­cert by Amer­i­can pop star Ari­ana Grande on Mon­day night.

Lo­cal author­i­ties say they are treat­ing the in­ci­dent as a ter­ror­ist at­tack. There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Trudeau said he was “dev­as­tated” when he heard about the “in­no­cent vic­tims who were killed or in­jured ... many of them far too young.”

“On be­half of all Cana­di­ans, our deep­est con­do­lences go out to the fam­i­lies and friends of those who were killed. We also wish a speedy re­cov­ery to ev­ery­one who was in­jured,” added Trudeau.

“Canada and the United King­dom are the clos­est of friends, and we stand to­gether as a peo­ple in this most tragic of cir­cum­stances,” he added.

Trudeau said Canada will work with its al­lies and part­ners to “con­tinue to counter such sense­less acts and to fight ter­ror­ism in its many forms” and will do “all we can to as­sist Bri­tish author­i­ties in bring­ing those re­spon­si­ble to jus­tice.”

Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter Ralph Goodale ear­lier ex­pressed con­cern over what he called “bru­tal at­tacks” in north­ern Eng­land.

He took to Twit­ter to say his thoughts and prayers are with the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies and that all Cana­di­ans “stand firm” with the Bri­tish peo­ple.

Fed­eral NDP Leader Tom Mul­cair joined other Cana­dian politi­cians in con­demn­ing the in­ci­dent, call­ing it “dev­as­tat­ing news,” ad­ding, “all our love to Manch­ester and ev­ery­one af­fected by this ter­ri­ble at­tack.”

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