Canada condemns attack in Paris which left police officer dead, 3 wounded
OTTAWA Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has issued a statement condemning an apparent terrorist attack Thursday on Paris’ iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard. A gunman opened fire on police, killing one officer and wounding three people before police shot and killed him. A French prosecutor said the attacker emerged from a car and used an automatic weapon to shoot at the officers outside a department store at the centre of the boulevard.
The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes just three days before a tense presidential election. Freeland said Canada offers its “deepest condolences to the loved ones of the police officer killed and a swift recovery to the two police officers injured” and that officials are ready to provide consular assistance to any Canadian citizens if needed. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posted a message on Twitter late Thursday saying “Canada stands with France, as we always will, against terror.”
Security has been a dominant theme in French election campaign and the violence has caused the 11 candidates to cancel or reschedule final campaign events ahead of Sunday’s first round vote.
with files from The Associated Press
The Canadian Press