Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, quickly took to social media this afternoon to condemn the suspected terrorist attack that occurred in Barcelona, Spain. According to international reports from BBC News, a van in the city's Las Ramblas neighborhood struck and killed 13 civilians with more outlets suspecting an additional 80 injuries. Global Affairs Canada has since confirmed that the tragic event did not claim the life of a Canadian citizen.
Following his initial tweet, where he sent condolences to the victims' families, Trudeau released a lengthier written statement. “I am deeply saddened by today’s terrorist attack in Barcelona that has killed and injured so many innocent people," the message began. “Sophie and I join all Canadians in offering our sincere condolences to the families and friends who have lost loved ones, and our best wishes for a fast and full recovery to those injured today. While we cannot ignore the outrage we feel, together we must renew our commitment to protect the freedom found in societies that promote unity, openness and inclusion."
Trudeau closed his statement by promising to work with other world leaders to fight global terrorism. “Spain, we grieve with you and denounce hate and violence in all of its forms. Canada will continue working with the international community to fight terrorism and build a world where we can all feel safe and secure.” Other high-profile Canadian politicians shared the sentiment, including NDP leader, Tom Mulcair.
As of writing, two arrests have been made in connection to the attack. The Islamic State has also claimed responsibility, but the investigation remains ongoing. Sadly, this isn't the first time a vehicle has been used in an attack of this nature. In December of last year, nine people were killed in Berlin by a person driving a truck.