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CAN casulaties in Burkina Faso
« on: January 16, 2016, 18:20:43 »
The latest, from The Canadian Press:
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Six Canadians died in an attack on a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday.

Four jihadist attackers linked to al-Qaida were killed by Burkina Faso and French security forces hours after they stormed the Splendid Hotel and nearby Cappuccino Cafe in Ouagadougou, establishments popular with westerners in the West African country's capital.

At least 23 died in the attacks, from 18 different countries, in the attack on the Splendid Hotel and nearby Cappuccino Cafe, establishments popular with westerners in Ouagadougou.

Trudeau issued a statement strongly condemning the attack that began late Friday and ended Saturday.

"On behalf of all Canadians, we offer our deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of all those killed and a speedy recovery to all those injured. We are deeply saddened by these senseless acts of violence on innocent civilians,'' he said in the statement.

The statement did not give any information on the identities of the Canadians. The federal government is normally prohibited from providing such information due to privacy laws ...
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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement condemning the terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, that killed several people, including six Canadian citizens, and injured many more.

"Canada strongly condemns the deadly terrorist attacks that took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

"On behalf of all Canadians, we offer our deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of all those killed and a speedy recovery to all those injured. We are deeply saddened by these senseless acts of violence on innocent civilians.

"We have offered assistance to the Burkinabé authorities in their investigation of this terrible crime."
Map of where Burkina Faso is in Africa attached.

More in the news on this attack here (Google News) and here (European Commission news aggregator).

More on the country here (CIA World Factbook), here (BBC) and here (Wikipedia)

A bit of its conflict history at the International Crisis Group (short & sweet monthly updates) here.

Starting this here in Current Events - may move into African mega-thread once events/explanations settle a bit.

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More on the Canadians killed, via CBC.ca:
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The six Quebecers, including a family of four, who were killed during a 12-hour siege Friday in Burkina Faso were on a humanitarian mission.

Gladys Chamberland and her spouse Yves Carrier, 65, along with their children Charlerie et Maud, died when four jihadist attackers linked to al-Qaeda stormed the Splendid Hotel and nearby Cappuccino Café in the capital of Ouagadougou.

Louis Chabot and Suzanne Bernier had accompanied the family on their trip and were also killed during the attacks.

The family from Beauport, Que., left for Africa at the end of December on behalf of the Congrégation des sœurs de Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, a religious congregation based in nine different countries.

Carrier, a retired professor, and Chamberland, who worked for the ministry of natural resources, were in Burkina Faso to build a school ...

This, from Global Affairs Canada:
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The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today issued the following statement concerning the deaths of more than 20 civilians, including six Canadians, in yesterday’s terrorist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso:

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those killed in yesterday’s attack in Ouagadougou, among them Canadian aid workers and volunteers, and wish a speedy recovery to those injured.

“Canada condemns in the strongest terms any act that threatens the safety of civilians, including those who strive to improve the lives of vulnerable people around the world. Working in challenging and dangerous situations, their efforts to create lasting ties between peoples while building a more just and peaceful world will never cease.

“We stand with Burkina Faso and its people at this difficult time.

“This attack is yet again another reminder of the danger terrorism poses around the world and the need to work with partners to deal with global threats.

“Canadian officials are currently working with local authorities and are providing consular services to the families of Canadians affected.” ...
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This from Reuters:
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Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) on Monday identified three fighters it says were responsible for attacks in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou over the weekend that killed 29 people.

Gunmen from the Islamist militant group stormed the Cappuccino restaurant and the Splendid Hotel on Friday night, singling out white people for slaughter. Eight Burkinabes, six Canadians, three Ukrainians and two French people were killed, among others.

In a statement, AQIM named the three attackers as al-Battar al-Ansari, Abu Muhammad al-Buqali al-Ansari and Ahmed al-Fulani al-Ansari, according to SITE Intelligence group.

Al-Ansari is a nom de guerre that usually designates somebody from northern Mali, although it might just indicate where the brigade is based or originates from.

The statement included a picture of the three apparently adolescent "heroes" in beige fatigues carrying Kalashnikovs. Two were black and another, smiling faintly, was light-skinned, suggesting he might be from an Arab or Tuareg group.

The streets of Ouagadougou were unusually quiet on Monday in a country unaccustomed to the frequent jihadist attacks that have plagued its Western neighbor Mali. AQIM also claimed a similar attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Bamako in November that killed 20 people ...
If you want to download the statement (in Arabic) from a non-terrorist site, check here.
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This from Reuters:If you want to download the statement (in Arabic) from a non-terrorist site, check here.

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I would love a little Beau Geste in the Desert.
As mentioned elsewhere, we've helped the French in Mali fight pretty ugly bad guys before, so some of the PowerPoint decks must already be templated somewhere ;D
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From the Globe & Mail:
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The mother of one of the victims in the Burkina Faso terrorist attack has sharply criticized the Trudeau government for plans to withdraw fighter jets from the fight against the Islamic State instead of boosting the military response.

Camille Carrier, whose daughter Maude was among the six Canadians killed at a hotel and café in Ouagadougou Friday night, said she is ashamed the Canadian government is not standing more forcefully with allies such as France in the fight against terror.

“I was ashamed before this happened, but obviously the loss of my daughter has only made me more revolted about this situation,” said Ms. Carrier, a retired administration professor at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. “I’m so ashamed of my country.” ...
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Doesn't she understand it's because the "Kid" doesn't get invited when the adults make decisions:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-not-invited-isis-paris-meeting-1.3409420

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French-Canadian media:  Quebecers killed in Burkina Faso attack returning to Canada Tuesday (in French) - Google English:
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The bodies of six aid workers from the Quebec City area who were killed in the terrorist attack on 15 January in Burkina Faso should be repatriated Tuesday, reports the Associated Press today.

This was said to news agency Frédéric Carrier, who lost his father and sister in the AQIM attack in Ouagadougou on January 15 that made ​​a total of 30 deaths.

Mr. Carrier, quoted by Canadian Press, said he was relieved because it feared that the remains are retained in Burkina Faso for a long time, for purposes of the investigation.

The funeral will now be planned.

Yves Carrier, his wife Gladys Chamberland, their son Charlelie and Maude half-sister, perished in the tragedy, as well as their friends Suzanne Bernier and Louis Chabot, Quebec. They were on a humanitarian mission in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, when they were killed by AQIM shooters café-restaurant terrace Cappuccino they had come to take a last drink before leaving for Canada.
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Police in Burkina Faso arrested six “foreigners” suspected of being behind the jihadist attacks in January that left 30 people dead in the West-African nation, police and government officials said on Wednesday.

According to a press statement released by the police on Wednesday, the suspects arrested on Monday had sheltered the attackers, three of whom were killed during the January 15 raid, and were in contact with the mastermind of the plot.

Burkina’s Minister of Internal Security, Simon Compaore, told reporters the arrests were made thanks to intelligence shared by other West African security forces ...
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Some of the latest ...
Global Affairs Canada travel advisory for BFA here, recent U.S. Embassy alerts here, and GardaWorld (private sector security firm) country/threat profile here - map also attached.
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The host country has a duty to protect their guest workers or else they wont be able to attract foreign workers.

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The host country has a duty to protect their guest workers or else they wont be able to attract foreign workers.
  Great in theory but as John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and a host of other victims in the western world could attest, you cannot guard against all eventualities.  Careful planning and surprise can beat almost every precaution.  Most times that attacks are prevented are because someone blabbed and someone else heard them.  Occasionally good intel. works as well but that is often more luck than good planning. 

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I was thinking guarding the work place and their home and their transport between work and home.

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They try.  The hotel in Kenya for example had armed guards on duty.  The same applies to every hotel I've visited in all UN missions.  The mining companies in Mali maintain their own platoons of mercenaries but the manpower isn't sufficient to cover every employee (not even just the specialists which this guy was.  Besides it would take a gutsy guard to take on a dozen radicals which evidently there were in this case even if he were standing nearby.  The only result would be two bodies

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https://www.google.ca/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/17/kidnapped-canadian-found-dead-burkina-faso-officials-say

And now this
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The so-called 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.

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.

Prof. Amarnath Amarasingam, a Toronto-based terrorism expert, said Al-Naba was a credible ISIS publication. Researcher Aaron Zelin described it as the weekly newsletter of ISIS.

Menastream, a research and risk consultancy that focuses on the Middle East and North Africa, also said it assessed the ISIS publication as credible, noting the copy of Woodman’s driver’s license ...
More @ link

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Some of the latest ...
Global Affairs Canada travel advisory for BFA here, recent U.S. Embassy alerts here, and GardaWorld (private sector security firm) country/threat profile here - map also attached.
The latest:  a human rights group quotes a Mali security official saying they were, indeed, kidnapped and moved to Mali ...
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A Canadian woman who’s been missing in West Africa for several months has reportedly been kidnapped and taken to Mali.

Edith Blais of Quebec and her travel companion, Luca Taccheto of Italy, went missing in December while travelling in Burkina Faso.

They were travelling by car in southwestern Burkina Faso en route to Togo, where they planned to do volunteer work with an aid group.

In a January statement, Burkina Faso’s government referred to the pair’s disappearance as a kidnapping.

The Canadian government did not confirm the information, but said it was not ruling out any possibilities.

However, a recent report by Human Rights Watch indicates that they were indeed abducted.

“While no armed Islamist group has taken responsibility for their abduction, they are believed to have been kidnapped and later taken to Mali,” the reported, titled “Abuses by Armed Islamist Groups in Burkina Faso’s Sahel Region,” states. It cites an interview with Malian security sources on Jan. 13.

The report*, published March 22 on the organization’s website, does not mention the fate of the two travellers.

In January, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he believed Edith Blais was still alive ...
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* -- "Atrocities by Armed Islamists and Security Forces in Burkina Faso’s Sahel Region" report available via HRW here (also available in French).
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The so-called 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.

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.

Prof. Amarnath Amarasingam, a Toronto-based terrorism expert, said Al-Naba was a credible ISIS publication. Researcher Aaron Zelin described it as the weekly newsletter of ISIS ...
A bit more detail coming out ...
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Islamic State claimed to have kidnapped and killed a Canadian citizen in Burkina Faso in January, but security sources said they believed he actually died during a botched attempt by a criminal gang to sell him on to another group.

Canadian geologist Kirk Woodman’s body was found on Jan. 16, two days after his abduction by a dozen gunmen at a mining site operated by Vancouver-based Progress Minerals in the northeast of the landlocked West African country.

Burkina Faso officials said he had been shot, and his body was dumped in an area that is under growing threat from Islamist militants, some with links to Islamic State and al Qaeda.

In an article trumpeting Islamic State’s insurgencies in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, the group’s weekly Al-Naba newspaper detailed an operation to kidnap and kill Woodman and showed a photograph of what it claimed was his driver’s licence.

The Islamic State newspaper said “the kidnapping and killing of a Canadian crusader” has increased the West’s interest in “the war of the Mujahideen” in Burkina Faso.

Two security sources in Burkina Faso, however, told Reuters that they thought Woodman was abducted by a criminal gang and killed as it tried to sell him on to presumed jihadists ...
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Re: CAN casulaties in Burkina Faso
« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2019, 19:25:13 »
A bit more on the missing QC woman, from Italian media, via CBC.ca ...
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A Quebec woman and her Italian travel companion who went missing in West Africa late last year are still alive, but no longer in Burkina Faso, according to a government official of the African country, speaking on an Italian news channel.

Édith Blais, a 34-year-old Sherbrooke resident, and Luca Tacchetto, a 30-year-old Italian national, went missing from southwestern Burkina Faso in December, after having travelled by car through Mali.

Blais was on her way to the neighbouring country of Togo, where she was planning to work on a reforestation project.

Blais and Tacchetto set off in his car on Nov. 20 from the northern Italian town of Vigonza, outside Padua. They travelled through France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania and Mali before arriving in Burkina Faso. They were last seen in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso in the country's southwest.

"Our information shows they are no longer on our territory. We can affirm these people are still alive," Remis Fulgance Dandjinou, a government minister and spokesperson based in Ouagadougou, told Italian public broadcaster Rai ...
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Re: CAN casulaties in Burkina Faso
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Interesting, then there is a ransom demand on the table.