Montreal, QC — Yesterday, Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack at a hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in which six Quebecers were among twenty-nine murdered. Upon learning of the attack, David J. Cape, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following statement:
“We are shocked and outraged by yet another murderous attack by Islamist terrorists against innocent civilians, the second this week to claim Canadian lives. This is all the more saddening given reports that the murdered Canadians were aid workers dedicated to improving conditions for local residents.
“This is just the latest example of the worldwide threat of Islamist terror, which in the past few months alone has destroyed innocent lives from Paris to San Bernardino, from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, and from Jakarta to Ouagadougou. The international community must stand strong and united in its resolve to defeat the forces of violent, radical Islam – the greatest threat to global peace and security today.
“Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of all the victims, the Burkinabe community in Canada and in Burkina Faso, and particularly with the families of the Canadian victims of this barbaric assault.”