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Canada Condemns Attack on Canadian Mining Company in Burkina Faso

November 9, 2019

Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, and Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, issued a statement condemning the attack on a Canadian mining company in Burkina Faso.


The attack, which occurred on November 6, targeted a convoy of workers of the Canadian mining company SEMAFO and the security forces protecting them.


The statement said, “we offer sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims, and wish those injured a speedy recovery. There are no reports of any Canadian citizens being affected."


“Canada remains concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Burkina Faso and deplores the violent attacks carried out on civilians. We will continue to work with Burkina Faso and partners in the region to prevent conflict and fight terrorism.


The company said that 37 people were killed. Operations have been suspended at the mine.

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