Canadian PM condemns `despicable and cowardly” attacks in MumbaiNovember 28th, 2008 - 10:35 am ICT by ANI
Ottawa (Canada), Nov.28 (ANI): Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has condemned the terrorist strikes in Mumbai, which have so far claimed 127 lives and caused injured to 327.
In a statement issued from Ottawa and released by the Canadian High Commission in News Delhi today, Harper said: “Canada condemns in the strongest terms the despicable and cowardly attacks in Mumbai, India. On behalf of all Canadians, I wish to express our deep and profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed and injured by these heinous acts of violence, including many in Canada. These attacks targeted people from India and around the world. They were attacks on values we hold dear, and we share your loss.
As a fellow democracy, Canada stands firmly with the Government and people of India in your fight against terror and as you face with resolve one of the darkest times a country can ever experience. We offer our support as you work to restore order and bring to justice those responsible for these cowardly attacks against innocent people.
The Government of Canada is working closely with Indian authorities to find and assist any Canadians and their families who might be affected by these attacks. Our consular staff in Ottawa and on the ground in Mumbai are working tirelessly to this end.”
Meanwhile, Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon has confirmed that there are number of Canadian hostages being held by the terrorists.
In a statement, Cannon said: “I am now able to confirm that a number of Canadians are staying in hotels targeted by the attackers. However, our information does not confirm whether any Canadians are among the injured or killed, or among the hostages. All consulate staff have been accounted for, and are actively seeking to locate and assist Canadians in Mumbai.
“This (Thursday) morning, I spoke to the Indian Foreign Minister and, on behalf of the people of Canada, relayed my sincere condolences for those injured and killed in these barbaric attacks. Canada stands united with India to combat all forms of terrorism. These attacks have strengthened our resolve to work together for the mutual security and prosperity of our people,” he added.
“Again, Canada strongly condemns these despicable acts of violence, which targeted innocent civilians. The Consulate of Canada in Mumbai continues to closely monitor the situation,” Cannon said. (ANI)
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