Canada Condemns Attack in Baghdad Church

(No. 349 - November 1, 2010 - 4:15 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement condemning the October 31 terrorist attack in Baghdad:

“Canada condemns Sunday’s terrorist attack on worshippers at Baghdad’s Church of Our Lady of Salvation. On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my deepest sympathy to the families and friends of those killed, and wish a full and rapid recovery to the injured.

“We condemn in the strongest terms those who would conduct such a cowardly, vicious and senseless attack on innocent civilians in a place of worship.

“We have received no reports to date of Canadian deaths or injuries in this attack. Canadian officials in Ottawa and Baghdad are in close contact with Iraqi authorities and are monitoring the situation.

“We invite Canadian citizens in Baghdad, even if they have not been affected by the attack, to call home and reassure their loved ones.”

Canadians in Iraq who require emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian embassy in Amman at +962 (6) 520 3300. Alternatively, they may call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre collect at 613-996-8885 or send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

Friends and relatives in Canada seeking information on Canadian citizens believed to be in the affected area should contact the Emergency Operations Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124 or 613-943-1055 or by sending an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Jacques Labrie
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874