Islamic State says it kidnapped and killed a geologist from Halifax in Burkina Faso

Published By ITCT News Desk On : March 29, 2019
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File photo of Kirk Woodman

Burkina Faso: A Canadian man kidnapped in Burkina Faso has been found dead. Kirk Woodman was an employee of a B.C.-based mining company.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility Thursday for the killing of a Canadian geologist kidnapped from a mining camp in Burkina Faso two months ago.

The claim appeared in the latest issue of the ISIS propaganda newsletter Al-Naba along with what appeared to be a photo of Kirk Woodman’s Nova Scotia driver’s license.

Kirk Woodman’s Nova Scotia driver’s license.

Woodman was abducted by gunmen on Jan. 15 from a camp operated by B.C.-based Progress Minerals Inc. His body was found 100 kilometres away the next day. He had been shot.

ITCT Newsdesk, after checking with its experts, can confirm the authenticity of the driver’s license released by Islamic State.

Woodman was the ninth Canadian to be killed in an attack in the West African country since 2016. The others were claimed by the local al-Qaida franchise, but ISIS has been trying to establish itself in the region.

 

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