Baird Strongly Condemns Karachi Attack

June 9, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada strongly condemns the savage attack at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan, that killed at least 24 people.

“There are no words to describe this despicable act of terror. The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, who have claimed responsibility for the attack, must be held accountable.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives, and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured. At this point, we can confirm that there are no Canadian citizens among the victims.

“This attack only strengthens our resolve to combat terrorism, in all its forms, and those who sponsor it. Canada will continue to work with the people of Pakistan and our allies to help Pakistan address the challenges it faces.”

On July 5, 2011, Canada listed the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan as a terrorist group, pursuant to the Criminal Code of Canada.

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