Canada condemns attack on World Food Programme Office in Pakistan

10:25, October 06, 2009      

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Canada on Monday issued a statement condemning the deadly bombing of the UN World Food Program office in Islamabad, Pakistan.

"Canada strongly condemns the cowardly attack in Islamabad today on the UN World Food Program, the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger on behalf of the world's most vulnerable people," said Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the statement.

"The Canadian people stand by Pakistan's poor and displaced, who have been so affected by the recent conflict in their country," said Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation.

At least five people were killed and several others injured in the suicide attack that hit World Food Program's office in Islamabad on Monday. The UN agency has been providing vital food assistance to some 10 million Pakistani people.

Since October 2008, Canada has allocated 33 million Canadian dollars (30 million U.S. dollars) to the humanitarian needs of the more than 2 million Pakistanis displaced by the conflict in the North West Frontier Province and the Federally Administered Triba lAreas.

Source: Xinhua
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