Trudeau condemns attack on Syrian refugees

By The Canadian Press
January 9, 2016 - 11:20am

VANCOUVER — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned an alleged attack on Syrian refugees Friday night in Vancouver.

Police say they are looking for a suspect after more than a dozen Syrian refugees were pepper sprayed.

The attack happened outside the Muslim Association of Canada Centre during a "welcome night" event for newly arrived Syrian refugees.

City police say a crowd of men, women and children had gathered outside the centre when a man wearing a white hoodie apparently rode by on a bicycle and sprayed 15 to 30 people.

Witnesses said several of those who were hit started coughing and complaining of burning eyes. 

Police say a number of people were treated on scene, but there was no word of any serious injuries.

Trudeau wrote on Twitter that "This isn't who we are - and doesn't reflect the warm welcome Canadians have offered."

Investigators say it's too early to comment on a possible motive for the attack.

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(The Canadian Press, News 1130)

 

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