Canadian geologist kidnapped at a remote gold mine in northeast Burkina Faso by suspected jihadists has been found dead, the authorities said on Thursday.
A body discovered with gunshot wounds late Wednesday is that of Kirk Woodman, “the Canadian who was kidnapped the day before yesterday,” the spokesman for the security ministry, security, Jean-Paul Badoum, told AFP.
Foreign Minister Alpha Barry said the country felt “deep emotion and great sadness” over the killing.
A security official said the body had been found in Soum province, at a location called Beiga-Salmoussi. The site was previously identified as Siega.
Woodman’s co-workers formally identified the body on Thursday, Barry said. Another security source said the remains would be flown by helicopter to the capital Ouagadougou.
His colleagues said they are “heartbroken by the tragic loss,” remembering Woodman as “an incredibly accomplished and highly respected geologist with a career spanning over 30 years, with 20 years spent in West Africa.”