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Canadians killed in Kabul

CTV News has learned that of the two Canadians killed in an attack on a hotel in the Afghan capital Friday, one was from Vancouver and the other from Calgary.

Both were killed Friday evening at the Kabul Serena Hotel. Reports say four gunmen entered a hotel restaurant, pulled out pistols and began shooting diners in the head.

In all, nine people died, including the two Canadians and an Afghan journalist, his wife and two children.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said the two Canadians were development workers but noted they didn't work directly for the federal government.

As he boarded a plane in Ottawa Friday morning, Bair condemned the attack as "brazen and cowardly" and told reporters it was an example of how people who are working in Kabul to help the Afghan people are under attack.

A statement from Foreign Affairs offered few other details on the attack, but a spokesman for Baird tweeted that all Canadian staff at the Kabul embassy are safe and accounted for.

The Foreign Affairs statement said Canadian diplomats in Kabul are working with Afghan to gather additional information.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of two Canadian citizens who were killed in Afghanistan. Acts of terror must not go unpunished, and those who perpetrated this violence and those who support the Taliban, must be held accountable,” the statement read.

“To protect the privacy of the individuals concerned, further details on these cases cannot be released.”

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