Government of Canada Condemns Laghman Attack

(No. 242 - September 2, 2009 - 1:00 p.m. EDT) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the deadly bombing that occurred in Laghman province:

"Canada strongly condemns the violent attack that occurred at a mosque east of Kabul today killing 23 people, including Dr. Abdullah Laghmani, the deputy director of the Afghan National Directorate of Security, the country’s intelligence service. Many others were also injured during the attack.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to express our sympathies for those injured and offer our sincere condolences to the friends and families of those who were killed during this vicious and cowardly act.

"Staging such an attack during Ramadan once again highlights the absolute disregard the Taliban have consistently demonstrated for the lives of Afghans and their efforts to help rebuild their country.

"Canada is in Afghanistan at the request of the democratically elected Afghan government and as part of a UN-mandated, NATO-led mission. Canada’s continued objective is to help Afghans build a stable and secure country based on the fundamental values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law."

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