Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday said the 1985 Air India bombing as was the “single-worst terrorist attack” in the country’s history as he paid tribute to the 329 victims of the Kanishka Flight 182 which was blown off mid-air.
“The Air India bombing remains the single worst terrorist attack in Canada’s history. This horrific act of malice and destruction left families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, and brought pain that will never completely go away,” he said, marking the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.
The flight, bound for London after picking up passengers from Toronto and Montreal, disappeared from radar off the coast of Ireland on June 23, 1985. A bomb exploded on board, killing all 329 people on board, including 280 Canadians. A British Columbia Supreme Court judge and a public inquiry later found that the bombings were carried out by the Babbar Khalsa, headed by former Burnaby mill worker Talwinder Singh Parmar.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said that only one person responsible has been brought to justice. “The investigation will not be completed until those have been brought to justice,” he said.