Baird Condemns Attacks on Churches, Supports Kenya’s Fight Against Terror

July 1, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird released the following statement today:

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the attacks on a Catholic church and the African Inland Church in the town of Garissa in northern Kenya. Media reports suggest dozens of worshippers were killed or injured in what should always be places of peace.

“Kenya has been actively involved in combatting terrorism close to and beyond its border with Somalia.

“Canada stands in solidarity with the Kenyan people and with those who wish to live in peace and security, and have the dignity to practice the religion of their choice without fear.

“Canada condemns such vicious and cowardly attacks, and we hope that the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice. 

“On behalf of all Canadians, I extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the parishioners killed and injured in these attacks.”

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