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Trudeau condemns 'cowardly' Burkina Faso attack, offers condolences

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a media availability at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is offering condolences in the wake of a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso that killed 18 people, including two Canadians.

In a statement, the prime minister says he is deeply saddened by the incident.

Canadians Tammy Chen and Bilel Diffalah were among those killed during the attack on a popular restaurant in downtown Ouagadougou.

Trudeau is offering his personal condolences as well as those of the government and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.

Diffalah worked with an NGO in the West African country, while Chen founded a charity called Bright Futures Burkina Faso.

The prime minister is condemning what he calls a heinous and cowardly attack.

“People should not have to live in fear over their safety and security – no matter where they call home or where they travel,” he said in the statement.

“We will continue to work closely with the international community to fight terrorism and bring those responsible to justice.”