His body was found riddled with bullets.
Canadian Kirk Woodman, who had been kidnapped from a mining camp in the dangerous nation of Burkina Faso, has been found dead.
Woodman worked for Progress Minerals Incorporated, and was from Halifax.
Following the news, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland responded:
“Canada is absolutely committed to working with the authorities in Burkina Faso to bring those responsible to justice. And I think our first thought today is with his family, with his friends who have received some really dreadful news.”
According to Jean Paul Badoum from the capital of Burkina Faso, Woodman’s body was found riddled with bullets.
Here’s what Woodman’s family said in a statement:
“Kirk was a loving and hardworking husband, father, son and brother. Not a day will go by that he won’t be missed. Our family would like to thank everyone for the love and support we’ve received, but we ask for privacy while we grieve during this difficult time.”
The government of Burkina Faso released a statement:
“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. The government shares the grief of family, loved ones and the Canadian government and offers them the deepest condolences.”
With Islamist groups growing in much of West Africa, the danger to Canadians and others has continued to worsen.
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