The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement after a bomb exploded in Kabul, Afghanistan:
“We are deeply saddened by the news that dozens of people have been killed and hundreds others injured in a suicide attack in close proximity to the diplomatic quarter of Kabul. Our thoughts are with the front-line workers who are responding to the traumatic scene and we grieve with the families affected.
“All our embassy employees have been accounted for and are safe. Our Canadian embassy sustained significant damage to its first floor and there was minimal impact on the rest of the building.
“The timing of this cowardly attack during the holy month of Ramadan was deliberate and intended to target civilians and foreign service workers from some of our closest allies. Canadian diplomats and our local staff, today and every day, continue to show the utmost resolve and courage in their work, which is essential.
“Together with our international partners we will never cease in our efforts to prevent violent extremism and to bring perpetrators of such violence to justice. Today, I also say to the Afghan people that they can continue to count on Canadians’ unwavering support.”