Canada Condemns Latest Church Attacks in Nigeria

April 29, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened to see that Nigerians gathered to practise their faith have again become the target of terrorists.

“Canada urges all people in Nigeria to work with the Nigerian government to counter religious extremism and terrorism, and bring to justice those responsible for these reprehensible crimes.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those killed in these attacks, and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”

Initial reports suggest that as many as 20 people were killed and many wounded in these attacks on worshippers at church services at Bayero University Kano. Minister Baird recently met with his Nigerian counterpart to express Canada’s solidarity with the government and people of Nigeria in the face of their struggle against terrorism.

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