Trudeau and other Canadian leaders condemn Barcelona terror attack

Aug 18 2017, 2:53 am

An incident involving a van driving through a crowded tourist area in Barcelona today is being investigated as a terrorist attack.

According to BBC News, the van drove into a pedestrian zone in Las Ramblas, ramming into many people and causing others to flee for refuge.

At this time, reports indicate at least 13 people have died and another 80 people are injured.

Police have arrested two people in connection to the attack, which was reportedly conducted by the Islamic State.

Motor vehicles have been used in a number of attacks across Europe in recent years, including the London Westminster Bridge attack this past March, the Berlin Christmas Market attack last December, and the Nice Bastille Day attack in July 2017.

‘Let your loved ones know you’re safe’

The federal government’s Global Affairs Canada department has issued a statement to Canadians living or traveling abroad, advising them to let their “loved ones know you’re safe”.

“The situation is evolving. Local authorities have cordoned off a section of Las Ramblas. Nearby train and metro stations are closed,” reads a bulletin by Global Affairs.

“Avoid the affected area. If you are in the affected area, remain indoors, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media (including social media).”

Anyone who requires emergency consular assistance should call the Consulate of Canada in Barcelona at +34 93 270 3614 or the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885.

Canadian leaders react

Tributes and condemnations from leaders around the world have been pouring in throughout the day, including from many prominent Canadian leaders.

Prime Minister Trudeau offered his condolences to the victims and affected families and reaffirmed Canada’s position on terrorism.

Other federal party leaders also issued their own statements.

Provincial leaders weighed in as well.

Here are some of the reactions from other Canadian leaders.

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