Minister Cannon Condemns Bombings in Nigeria During the Holiday Season

(No. 4 - January 1, 2011 - 7:20 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding the terrorist bombings that took place in Nigeria over the holiday season:

"Canada strongly condemns the terrorist bombings in Nigeria on December 24 and 31.

"The Christmas Eve bombings in Jos and Maiduguri, committed by the radical Islamic terrorist group Jama'atu ahlus-Sunnah Lidda'awati wal Jihad, and the New Year's Eve bombing in Abuja, committed by unknown perpetrators, were cowardly and despicable acts. These bombings represent a direct attack on the right of the people of Nigeria to live in safety and peace.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed, and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.

"Canada welcomes the Government of Nigeria's determination to bring the perpetrators of these repugnant acts to justice.

"Canadians stand together with the Nigerian people in deploring these acts 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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