Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada hockey team crash: 'Entire country in shock'

There was an outpouring of grief across Canada at news of the collision between a bus carrying a junior ice hockey team and a semi-trailer.

The Humboldt Broncos team, which has members aged between 16 and 21, were en route on Friday to a play-off game.

At least 15 people have been confirmed dead in the crash.

Details have been slow to trickle out in the wake of the tragedy, and the identities of the deceased have not yet been released by authorities.

Leonard Cohen: Canadian singer dies at 82

The news was announced on his official Facebook page, but no details about the cause of death were given.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," the statement said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led tributes to the singer, who was known for hits including Hallelujah and Dance Me to the End of Love.

"It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of the legendary Leonard Cohen," Trudeau said in a statement.

Five people killed in Canada school shooting

What unfolded at La Loche Community School in the north of the province was, Mr Trudeau said, every parent's nightmare.

Police in the western province had earlier said they were attending a "serious incident".

Witnesses said there was screaming and more than half a dozen shots.

Brad Wall, the premier of Saskatchewan, confirmed there had been a shooting at a school in an aboriginal community. But he did not give details about victims.

"Words cannot express my shock and sorrow at the horrific events today in La Loche," he said.