January 6, 2012 - 8 p.m. ET - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement on the latest violent attacks in Nigeria:
“Canada unequivocally condemns the cowardly attacks in Mubi today and the separate attack in Gombe on Thursday.
“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to those injured by this senseless violence.
“These people were targeted because of their religious beliefs. Boko Haram’s actions are rooted in intolerance and are completely unacceptable. Canada sees religious freedom as a fundamental human right and terrorism as the great struggle of our generation.
“We stand with the people and government of Nigeria in their efforts to bring about stability and maintain unity in the face of this pressing challenge.”
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