January 19, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:
“Canada condemns the deplorable and cowardly attacks by terrorists in Ain Amenas, Algeria.
“While the full scale and exact details of the situation remain unclear, Canadian officials remain in close contact with Algerian authorities to seek further information.
“The thoughts and prayers of our entire country are with the families and friends of the innocent lives lost.
“Canada remains a committed partner in the global struggle against terrorism in all its forms.”
We do not believe that Canadians or dual nationals are among the hostages. We are aware of one permanent resident of Canada who was reported to be on-site, and have confirmed that this person has left Algeria and is safe.
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