The Address | Benghazi – Libya
OUAGADOUGOU – A Canadian national has been found dead a day after reports that he had been kidnapped by suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso’s volatile north near the Niger border, the West African nation’s security ministry said Thursday.
The ministry said Kirk Woodman’s body was found 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the site where he worked for Progress Mineral Mining Company in Oudalan province.
Woodman was kidnapped by suspected extremists Tuesday night during a raid on a mining site in Tiabongou about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Mansila in Yagha province.
“Canada is appalled and deeply saddened that Kirk Woodman… has been killed in Burkina Faso.” The Canadian Foreign Ministry stated.
“Canada condemns those responsible for this terrible crime. We are working with the government of Burkina Faso and other international partners to pursue those responsible and bring them to justice. The government’s priority is the safety and security of Canadians.”