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Irish minister sends condolences after 'savage and brutal' Las Vegas attack

Irish officials have not received any reports of citizens being killed or injured in the Las Vegas gun attack.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney condemned the shootings at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival and expressed condolences on behalf of Ireland.

"This was a savage and brutal attack targeting innocent festival-goers," he said.

"I wish to express my heartfelt condolences and those of the Irish people to the families of the victims, those who were injured and to the people and the authorities of the United States on this tragic day."

The Sheriff's Office in Las Vegas said more than 20 people were killed and at least 100 others injured in the concert attack just off the Strip.

Mr Coveney said that by mid-morning there were no indications of Irish citizens being affected.

"I am conscious, however, that it will take time before all of the casualties are identified," he added.

Irish diplomats in the consulate general in San Francisco and the honorary consulate in Las Vegas are monitoring the situation.

The department issued a contact number for families in Ireland who have concerns about relatives to ring the consular assistance unit on 01 408 2527.

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