Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, today issued the following statement:
“Canada strongly condemns the attack that took place in a busy market in an Iraqi town on Friday, killing at least 110 people, including children, celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan.
“On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my prayers and deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who lost their lives, to those injured in the attack and those now without homes.
“Such violence, including that perpetrated against any faith community, must never be tolerated.
“ISIS’s actions are unconscionable violations of religious freedom and reveal the true nature of ISIS’s agenda, which is driven by hate and intolerance. That is why Canada is participating in the campaign against ISIS.
“Canada stands with the Government of Iraq in its fight against terrorism and calls upon Iraqi authorities to bring those responsible for these crimes to justice.”