Saturday, 19 October, 2019

Kidnapped Canadian national found dead in Burkina Faso

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said that Canada is working with Burkina Faso to bring those responsible to justice Canada 'appalled' by killing of its national in Burkina Faso
Pablo Mccormick | 21 January, 2019, 04:26

Jean Paul Badoum, an official with Burkina Faso's Ministry of Security, said Wednesday that Woodman had been kidnapped by armed gunmen from a mining camp in the northern part of the country.

Blais' mother and sister live in Sherbrooke, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ministers have been holding a cabinet retreat. "This is a bad, a awful crime and Canada is absolutely committed to working with the authorities in Burkina Faso to bring those responsible to justice", Freeland told reporters Thursday morning. "Our first thought is with his family and friends who received really awful news". "Not a day will go by that he won't be missed", he said in a statement that was posted on the CBC news website.

Condemning the killing as a "terrible crime", Freeland added, "Canada condemns those responsible for this awful crime".

Earlier this month, another Canadian man and an Italian woman went missing in Burkina, the security minister said.

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Woodman was later found dead the following day, 100 kilometres from the worksite in Oudalan province he was taken from.

The groups are believed to be responsible for more than 270 deaths since 2015. He was based in Nova Scotia and had previous experience working in Africa.

Alpha Barry, Burkina Faso's minister of foreign affairs and co-operation, condemned the killing and called it a "cowardly assassination".

Friend and veteran exploration geologist, David Duncan, described Woodman as talented, but said their jobs have become increasingly unsafe due to the rise of militants. "We talked about Edith and I think they are reassured that our government is doing what needs to be done in such circumstances", she said.

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No other Canadians or other foreign nationals were kidnapped in the jihadist raid, a company spokesperson said. We were never anxious about being kidnapped.

Burkina Faso recently declared a state of emergency in the region due to an increase in the number of attacks by Islamic extremists, particularly near the frontier with Niger and Mali. "Today, it's a different world".

Canadian Edith Blais, 34, and her Italian partner Luca Tacchetto, 30, have been missing since mid-December, and late Wednesday a Canadian geologist kidnapped by suspected jihadists was found dead at a remote gold mine in the northeast.

A gold mine in Burkina Faso, a region known for its lawlessness.

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Islamist militants have established a presence in northern Burkina Faso in recent years, carrying out attacks in the region and far beyond.

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