A Canadian citizen kidnapped in Burkina Faso has been found dead

A Canadian citizen kidnapped in Burkina Faso has been found dead
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Two days after a Canadian citizen was kidnapped in Burkina Faso, the country’s security ministry said the man has been found dead.

The ministry said a dozen armed people — believed to be terrorists — abducted Kirk Woodman from a mining exploration site Tuesday in the West African country.

“Canada is appalled and deeply saddened that Kirk Woodman, who was abducted on January 15, 2019, has been killed in Burkina Faso,” Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said in a statement Thursday.

“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.”

Freeland offered her condolences to Woodman’s friends and family.

“This is a devastating and extremely painful time for them and they have Canada’s full support,” she said. “As they mourn this tragedy, we ask that their privacy be respected.”

Woodman arrived at the mining exploration site in northern Burkina Faso on January 10, the country’s security ministry said. The site is owned by Progress Minerals, a Canadian-based company, the statement said.

Earlier this month, another Canadian — Quebec native Edith Blais — and Italian national Luca Tacchetto went missing while in Burkina Faso.