World America 17 Jan 2016 Six Canadians killed ...

Six Canadians killed in Burkina attacks

AFP
Published Jan 17, 2016, 9:13 am IST
Updated Jan 17, 2016, 9:13 am IST
At least 29 people, many of them foreigners, died as the attacks unfolded overnight.
Rescue workers carry a body from the Splendid Hotel to an ambulance following an attack by suspected militants in Ouagadougou. (Photo: AP)
 Rescue workers carry a body from the Splendid Hotel to an ambulance following an attack by suspected militants in Ouagadougou. (Photo: AP)

Ottawa: Six Canadians were killed in an attack carried out overnight by jihadists at a top hotel in Burkina Faso's capital, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday.

"Canada strongly condemns the deadly terrorist attacks that took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso," Trudeau said in a statement, noting that "several people, including six Canadian citizens" were killed in the violence.

 

At least 29 people, many of them foreigners, died as the attacks unfolded overnight Friday to Saturday at the city's four-star Splendid hotel and a nearby restaurant.

"We have offered assistance to the Burkinabe authorities in their investigation of this terrible crime," Trudeau said.

"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," he added.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has claimed the attack on behalf of an affiliate, according to a statement carried by US-based monitoring group SITE.

 

For the second time this week, Canada has had to condemn the killing of its citizens abroad.

On Thursday, a Canadian citizen from the Montreal suburbs was killed in Jakarta when suicide attackers linked to the so-called Islamic State group struck the Indonesian capital.

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