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By Godfrey Olukya   9-5-2013

Canada has condemned the bomb attack on a Roman Catholic church in Tanzania last Sunday in which two people  died and over 40 got severely injured.

One person died at the spot when a bomb hurled from a motorcycle exploded in the church located in Arusha town over 400 kms north of the country’s
capital, Dar-es-Salaam. Another person died in hospital a few hours later.

Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, issued a statement condemning the attack.

In the statement Bennett said, ‘Canada strongly condemns the cowardly attack on the newly inaugurated Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha, which killed at least two persons and injured more than 50 others.’

He said that their  thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. She added on that ‘Tanzania is one of Canada’s key partners in Africa.
‘Tanzania is renowned for its religious tolerance. It is a country where Christians and Muslims, the country’s two most prevalent religious groups, generally live side by side in peace and harmony. ‘He said.

He warned that that  tragedy is a reminder that all countries must be vigilant against those who would seek to undermine religious freedom.

He urged the Tanzanian authorities to launch a full investigation into the attack and to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.

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