Prime Minister Gaston Browne has written to Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau expressing sadness over the killing of ten persons and the injuring of fourteen others during a van attack by an assailant.
On Tuesday, Canadian police in Toronto charged the man accused of plowing into pedestrians with a rented van on Monday, with ten counts of first degree murder.
In his letter to the Canadian Prime Minister, Prime Minister Browne wrote, “I was deeply troubled to learn of the dastardly incident in Toronto on April 23, when several persons were killed and others injured in what appears to be a deliberate atrocity by a culprit who has been arrested and charged by police.”
Prime Minister Browne expressed his deep condolences to the people and government of Canada, particularly the family and friends of those who were killed. “We also wish a full recovery to the injured,” he wrote.
“Toronto is the home of many thousands of Canadians who visit Antigua and Barbuda regularly on holiday; it is also home to many persons born in Antigua and Barbuda. In this regard, this incident touches us greatly. Beyond that, as part of our one human family, we share with Canadians the expectation that our peoples should conduct their normal lives without fear, and we join your government in remaining vigilant to incidents, such as this one, that are becoming all too frequent, while we continue to preserve the freedoms that are integral to our societies,” Prime Minister’s letter concluded.
Canadian authorities are calling the attack an act of terrorism.
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