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Minister Baird Condemns Suicide Attack at Pakistani Mosques

February 1, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns today’s deadly attack outside two mosques in Hangu, Pakistan, which killed at least 20 and wounded scores more.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my deepest sympathies to the victims’ families and friends, and I wish a swift recovery to the injured.

“This violent extremism—targeting people in their places of worship—is despicable and is a stark reminder of the grave threat that terrorism poses to the people of Pakistan and the region.

“We expect that the perpetrators of this horrendous attack will be brought to justice.

“Canada supports the courageous efforts of our allies to prevent extremist groups from arming and organizing within Pakistan.

“Canada will continue to work with the people of Pakistan and our allies to help Pakistan address the challenges it faces.”

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