Canada Condemns Terrorist Attack in Nigeria

(No. 322 - October 1, 2010 - 7 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement condemning today’s fatal terrorist bombing in Abuja:

“Canada strongly condemns the act of terrorism that took place today in the Nigerian capital. The perpetrators of this cowardly act struck just as Nigerians gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their nation’s independence. We extend our condolences and deepest sympathy to the families and friends of those killed in the bombing, and we wish those injured a swift recovery.

“Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Deepak Obhrai, who is representing Canada in Abuja for Nigeria’s independence celebrations, personally extended a message of sympathy to Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Henry Odein Ajumogobia, on behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and all Canadians.

“Canadians stand together with the Nigerian people in deploring this act of terrorism. We will continue to assist the people and government of Nigeria as they strive to improve security and consolidate democracy and the rule of law.”

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