Mining exec Kirk Woodman identified as Canadian man kidnapped in Burkina Faso

Troops ride in a vehicle near the French Embassy in central Ouagadougou Burkina Faso Friday

Troops ride in a vehicle near the French Embassy in central Ouagadougou Burkina Faso Friday

Kirk Woodman, a geologist working for the Vancouver-based Progress Mineral Mining Company, was abducted by gunmen at a mining site owned by the Vancouver-based Progress Minerals near the border with Niger, in an area the Burkina Faso government said is under growing threat from armed jihadists.

Kirk Woodman, vice-president of exploration for Vancouver-based private gold explorer Progress Minerals, was found dead on January 16 in rural Burkina Faso, after having been abducted a day earlier by as-yet unidentified individuals.

Recently, the Burkina Faso government declared a state of emergency in the northern parts of the country.

His body was found near the country's borders with Mali and Niger in Gorom Gorom, the ministry said.

She said Canada is appalled and deeply saddened by Woodman's death, condemning those responsible for the crime.

"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", Barry wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday.

'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 hard time".

In an earlier statement she said "The government's priority is the safety and security of Canadians".

For the last 15 years he has been exploring for gold in the West Africa region as vice president for exploration at Progress Minerals, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Two Liberal cabinet ministers met today with the mother and sister of Edith Blais, the Canadian woman who went missing in Burkina Faso last month.

Duncan said he worked with Woodman on projects in Nova Scotia and overseas for more than four decades.

"We understand how frightening this is for Blais' family, for the community, for Canadians across the country who are troubled by this awful situation", said Trudeau. We also send out a Weekly K+R Update, bundling together all the kidnap, ransom and extortion news of the week in one easy to read newsletter. A news release from the company announcing his new role cited his experience in West Africa as an asset to its operations in Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.

That attack was claimed by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

The 34-year-old Blais and her Italian friend Luca Tacchetto have not been heard from since December 15.

Sawadogo referred to their disappearance as a kidnapping.

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