Canada condemns Paris attack which left police officer dead
Forensic experts investigate the crime scene after a fatal shooting in which a police officer was killed along with an attacker on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France on Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP / Kamil Zihnioglu)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:58PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, April 21, 2017 2:33AM EDT
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."
Canada stands with France, as we always will, against terror. Our thoughts are with those affected by today's attack in Paris.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 21, 2017
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