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PM confirms Canadian killed in Turkish nightclub shooting

Last Updated Jan 1, 2017 at 7:35 pm PDT

(Terry Chan, NEWS 1130 Photo)

OTTAWA (NEWS1130) -Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is confirming that a Canadian was among those who died in an attack on a Turkish nightclub that killed at least 39 people.

Trudeau issued a statement saying Canada mourns with the Turkish people and with all countries who lost citizens in what he calls a vicious attack.

He says Canada remains steadfast in its determination to work with allies to fight terrorism.

The attacker, armed with a long-barrelled weapon, killed a policeman and a civilian outside the Reina club in Istanbul around 1:15 a.m. this morning.

He then entered and fired at people partying inside, close to 70 other people were wounded.

Nearly two-thirds of the people killed were foreigners, many from the Middle East.

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the terrorist attack in Istanbul, Turkey

“It is with deep sadness that I learned of the deadly terrorist attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that killed and injured innocent people celebrating the New Year and claimed the life of a Canadian citizen.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of all of the victims of this horrible act, and we hope and pray that those injured have a rapid and complete recovery.

“We mourn with the people of Turkey today and with all countries who lost citizens in this vicious attack.

“We also grieve the senseless loss of a Canadian citizen and remain steadfast in our determination to work with allies and partners to fight terrorism and hold perpetrators to account.”