Canada Condemns Deadly Attack in Kabul

(No. 81 – February 26, 2010 – 9 a.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement on the deadly attack in Kabul today:

“Canada condemns in the strongest terms the attack that occurred in Kabul’s Shar-e-Naw district today that has reportedly killed 17 people, including two Afghan policemen, and injured several others.

“Attacks such as today’s bombing will deter neither Canada nor its international partners from our commitment to support Afghans in their efforts to create a stable, democratic and self-sufficient society.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed or injured in this senseless act of violence.

“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 continuing 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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