Canada appalled by death of Canadian in Burkina Faso

Clay Curtis
January 21, 2019

Attacks by Islamist militants have surged in the country in recent months and Burkina Faso has declared a state of emergency in several northern provinces since December 31. "We are working with the government of Burkina Faso and other worldwide partners to pursue those responsible and bring them to justice", she said.

"Kirk was a loving and hardworking husband, father, son and brother", Woodman's family said in a statement.

The pair were last seen on December 15 traveling by vehicle in Burkina Faso between the town of Bobo-Dioulasso and the capital Ouagadougou, for a four- or five-day stay.

"Not a day will go by that he won't be missed".

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland condemned those responsible "for this awful crime". "The government's priority is the safety and security of Canadians", the statement reads.

He had been shot multiple times, Jean Paul Badoum, an official with the west African country's Ministry of Security, said from the capital Ouagadougou.

A spokesperson for Burkina Faso's security ministry said Woodman was abducted during a raid of a local mining site in the northern part of the country late Tuesday night.

She offered few details about the meeting, but she said the Canadian government is in "constant communication" with Blais' family.

Woodman is the second Canadian to go missing in Burkina Faso in recent weeks.

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A Nova Scotia man who was kidnapped in Burkina Faso has been found dead.

Kirk Woodman, who has been working in the mining industry for more than 30 years, joined Progress Minerals 18 months ago, his LinkedIn page stated.

The bullet-riddled body of a Canadian gold miner has been discovered in Burkina Faso the day after he was kidnapped at gunpoint by suspected Islamist militants.

"It's a awful thing, a bad thing".

"We understand that they are going through a very, very hard situation", Bibeau said. We were never anxious about being kidnapped.

A statement Wednesday by Burkina Faso Security Minister Clement Sawadogo referred to the disappearance of Blais and Tacchetto as a kidnapping.

Quebec resident Edith Blais, 34, and her Italian friend Luca Tacchetto were travelling by vehicle in southwestern Burkina Faso when all communication with their families abruptly ended December 15. It is earning into the Bira Trend project in Burkina Faso and Bobosso project in Côte d'Ivoire.

Last week, Burkina Faso authorities extended a state of emergency in several northern provinces over increased activities of Islamist groups in the region.

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