Burkina Faso: Canadian Kidnapped in Burkina Faso Found Dead


The meeting, held as the Liberal cabinet meets in Sherbrooke, Que., comes one day after Freeland confirmed the death of another Canadian, Kirk Woodman, in Burkina Faso Thursday.

"Canada is appalled and deeply saddened that Kirk Woodman, who was abducted on January 15, 2019, has been killed in Burkina Faso", Global Affairs Canada, the country's diplomatic arm, said in a statement.

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

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland added: 'This is a bad crime and Canada is absolutely committed to working with the authorities in Burkina Faso to bring those responsible to justice.

Woodman's son Matt works as a news anchor and reporter with CTV in Edmonton.

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. The site is owned by Progress Minerals, a Canadian-based mining company, as per the report.

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland condemned those responsible "for this bad crime".

'Not a day will go by that he won't be missed. "As they mourn this tragedy, we ask that their privacy be respected".

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"The government of Burkina condemns with the utmost energy this cowardly assassination and reassures that an investigation is opened and all the measures will be taken to find and punish the guilty", he said in a statement in French posted to Facebook Thursday.

Woodman was vice-president of exploration for Progress Minerals, according to his LinkedIn page.

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

No other Canadians or other foreign nationals were kidnapped in the jihadist raid, a company spokesperson said.

"It's gotten to be a much harder place. More importantly, Kirk was a kind person, a dedicated father and husband and considered a friend by all who knew him", said CEO Adam Spencer. "Today, it's a different world".

Quebec resident Edith Blais, 34, and her Italian friend Luca Tacchetto were travelling by auto in the southwest when all communication with their families abruptly ended on December 15.

The death will raise concerns that the influence of violent groups with links to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL also known as ISIS) group has spread uncontested into Burkina Faso from neighbouring Mali and Niger. Family members have said Edith Blais, 34, and Luca Tacchetto, 30, were supposed to travel to neighboring Togo together for a humanitarian aid mission but never arrived.