Media Alert - Children's NGO Plan Attacked in Pakistan: Plan Canada CEO Available for Comment



    - Latest on Plan Staff and Impact on Children in Pakistan -

    TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - A regional office of Plan International, the
leading children's NGO in Pakistan, was attacked Monday by a group of six to
12 men carrying guns and grenades. Three local Plan staff were killed in the
attack, and several others have been injured. The men entered the regional
office in Mansehra, North West Frontier Province, before opening fire
indiscriminately and then setting off three explosive devices. The office
building has burned to the ground. A security team has been dispatched to the
area.
    Pakistan is a key country for Plan Canada. The Canadian office of Plan
has a long-standing relationship with the Mansehra office, which is
spearheading the rebuilding efforts of the education system destroyed by the
2005 earthquake. Plan works with local communities throughout the country to
provide education and other opportunities to children.
    Rosemary McCarney, President and CEO of Plan Canada, is available for
comment on the current situation.
    Plan Canada is in contact with Plan Pakistan staff, and international
headquarters in the UK. Plan Canada will continue to provide updated
information through media bulletins and at plancanada.ca

    
    (*) Plan Canada is part of the international development organization
        Plan International.
    





For further information:

For further information: To schedule an interview, please contact:
Tiffany Bourré, The Idea Workshop, (416) 504-3977 ext. 28, (416) 540-8433
(cell); Steve Theobald, Plan Canada, (416) 920-1654 ext. 211, (416) 568-6525
(cell)

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