Today's Attacks in Ottawa

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 22, 2014

We condemn today’s heinous and evil attacks in Ottawa, seemingly aimed at the heart of the federal government itself. The United States has faced this kind of violence firsthand on our own soil, and we grieve with Canada, seared by the memory of our own painful experiences.

I spoke tonight with Canadian Foreign Minister Baird to express our deepest condolences on this tragic day, and to pledge the full support of the United States to Canada as it works to determine the facts and to hold those accountable responsible.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the Canadian Forces member killed while standing guard at the National War Memorial, and with others injured in today’s attacks. We commend Canadian first responders for their quick action to protect government officials and members of the public.

We have great confidence in Canadian law enforcement and security forces and stand ready to assist in any way. We will continue to work closely with our Canadian colleagues to ensure the safety of all our people, and together to counter violent extremism in North America and elsewhere around the world.