Islamic State carried out the kidnapping and killing of a Canadian in Burkina Faso in January, the group’s weekly newspaper Al-Naba said, claiming responsibility in its latest issue without providing evidence.
Kirk Woodman’s body was found on January16, two days after his abduction by a dozen gunmen at a mining site operated by Vancouver-based Progress Minerals in the north-east of the landlocked West African country.
Burkina Faso officials said he was shot and his body dumped in an area government says is under growing threat from Islamist militants.
Prior to the claim made in the Islamic State newspaper there had been no word on who was responsible.
In an article trumpeting Islamic State insurgencies in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, the newspaper detailed the operation to kidnap and kill the Canadian geologist 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” increased the West’s interest in “the war of the Mujahideen” in Burkina Faso.
Woodman’s body was dumped in the desert by “Caliphate soldiers”, Al-Naba said, putting a date on Woodman’s execution using the Hijri, or Islamic, calendar, equating to January 25 – several days after the body was found.