Canada condemns Mumbai terrorist attacks (Lead, changing dateline)November 28th, 2008 - 4:47 am ICT by IANS
Ottawa, Nov 28 (Xinhua) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has condemned the terrorist attacks in Mumbai and vowed support for India in fighting against terrorism. “Canada condemns in the strongest terms the despicable and cowardly attacks in Mumbai, India,” Harper said in a statement Thursday.
“These attacks targeted people from India and around the world,” he said. “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,” Harper said.
Earlier Thursday, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said: “A number of Canadian citizens are in the targeted hotels,” but he could not confirm if any of them were injured, killed or among the hostages.
Cannon said he spoke earlier with India’s foreign minister to convey condolences for the victims and their families.
All of Canadian consular staff in Mumbai were accounted for, he added, and “are actively seeking to locate and assist” Canadian nationals in the city.