A kidnapped Canadian (Kirk Woodman) body was found in Burkina Faso, according to his family, two days after his abduction.
Blaise and her Italian friend Luca Tachito were traveling by car in southwestern Burkina Faso and were supposed to cross the border into Togo to do volunteer work with a relief group. A statement issued by Burkina Faso’s Minister of Security, Clement Swadugu, on Wednesday, indicated their disappearance as a kidnapping.
Kirk Woodman, originally from Halifax, was kidnapped on Tuesday night by 12 gunmen at a mining site owned by the Vancouver-based Progress Minerals company in Teapongo near the border with Niger, in an area the government says is under increasing threat from militant jihadists.
“Kirk was a loving, hardworking husband, father, son and brother,” he said in a statement.
“Our family would like to thank everyone for the love and support we received, but we ask for privacy during grief during this difficult time.”
The ministers will meet with the Blas family the day after the Khobar blast that found another Canadian, Kirk Woodman, dead in Burkina Faso. He had been shot several times after he had been kidnapped by insurgents. Woodman, the parent of Halifax, is a Vancouver-based mining company.
Blais and Tacchetto set out in his car on November 20 from the city of Vigonza in northern Italy, outside of Padua. They made their way to France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania and Mali before arriving in Bobo-Dioulasso in southwestern Burkina Faso.