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Canada strongly condemns killing of UN staff in Afghanistan

04-02-2011 10:34 BJT

OTTAWA, April 1 (Xinhua) -- Canada on Friday strongly condemned the killing of seven UN staff in northern Afghanistan.

The UN staff were killed on Friday in a violent attack against the United Nations Operation Center in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif in a protest over the burning of a copy of Muslim holy book Koran by a U.S. pastor.

"This senseless act of violence was carried out by opponents of peace and progress in Afghanistan," a statement by Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade said. "Those responsible for this cowardly attack must be held accountable."

Canada also extends its most sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed in the attack and wish a quick recovery to the injured.

The statement confirmed that no Canadians have so far been identified among the civilians who were killed or injured.

The Friday killing of UN staff was the highest ever loss of life in an attack on the United Nations in Afghanistan. The last attack was an insurgent assault on a Kabul guest house where UN staff were staying in October 2009, in which five UN staffers were killed and nine other wounded.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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