RCMP to help in Burk­ina Faso af­ter six Cana­di­ans killed in ter­ror at­tack

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

RCMP of­fi­cers have been dis­patched to Burk­ina Faso to help lo­cal au­thor­i­ties af­ter more than two dozen peo­ple — in­clud­ing six Cana­di­ans — were killed in a ter­ror­ist at­tack.

A govern­ment of­fi­cial, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, says the Moun­ties will as­sist of­fi­cials with vic­tim iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and pa­per­work so the bod­ies of Cana­dian vic­tims can be re­turned home.

Six Que­be­cers on a hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sion were killed in Burk­ina Faso’s cap­i­tal of Oua­gadougou last week dur­ing an at­tack car­ried out by al-Qaida.

Four of the dead were from the same fam­ily: Yves Car­rier, his wife Gla­dys Cham­ber­land, their adult son Charlelie Car­rier and Yves’ adult daugh­ter, Maude Car­rier.

Adam Bar­ratt, a spokesman for For­eign Affairs Min­is­ter Stephane Dion, says the depart­ment’s pri­or­ity is the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims. He says de­part­men­tal re­sources in Ottawa and over­seas will be used to help repa­tri­ate the vic­tims as fast as pos­si­ble.

“We are work­ing with the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Burk­ina Faso to de­ter­mine and con­firm what the fam­i­lies want.”

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