13 August 2008
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement today on the deaths of two Canadians working in Afghanistan with the International Rescue Committee:
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, it is with great sadness that I extend my heart-felt sympathies to the family and friends of the two Canadian aid workers with the International Rescue Committee who were brutally killed today in Afghanistan, as well as to the friends and family of their Afghan and American colleagues who also lost their lives.
"Knowing the risks associated with working in a conflict zone, these humanitarian aid workers gave selflessly to help improve the lives of the Afghan people. Their spirits will live on in the continued efforts of all who are assisting in the reconstruction of Afghanistan."
The two Canadian aid workers, an American and their Afghan driver were travelling by car in the eastern Logar province towards Kabul when they were attacked today.
"This cowardly attack on unarmed aid workers yet again shows the depravity of the Taliban and the bleak alternative that they represent. Canada remains steadfast in our commitment to the people of Afghanistan and will continue to work with the Afghan government and the international community to improve the lives of Afghans."
As per one family’s request, one of the names of the deceased has not yet been released.