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In the news: Politicians denounce Burkino Faso bombing, Halifax storm disrupts air travel


 

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SENSELESS VIOLENCE IN BURKINO FASO

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is denouncing yesterday’s terrorist attack that killed six Canadians and at least 22 others in capital of the West African nation of Burkina Faso.

The six Canadians are humanitarian aid workers from Quebec.

Quebec media reports say four members of one family are among the six people from the province who were killed.

French language newspapers La Presse and Le Soleil identified the family as retired teacher Yves Carrier, his wife, Gladys Chamberland, and their two adult children.

The two newspapers said the other two Canadian victims were also from Quebec and friends of Carrier’s family.

They were among at least 28 who died when terrorists stormed a luxury hotel in the capital Ouagadougou late Friday.

The attack ended when security forces moved in killing four terrorists — authorities said two of the attackers were women.

La Presse quoted a family member as saying the family was in the African country doing humanitarian work.

The federal government did not reveal the identities of the Canadians killed citing privacy laws, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement Saturday condemning the attack.

An al-Qaida affiliate known as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the attack that ended early Saturday.

Trudeau sent condolences to the victims’ families, friends, and colleagues, adding there’s no place in the world for what he calls “senseless acts of violence on civilians.”

Security forces killed four attackers who have ties to al-Qaida.

Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose says the deaths of the six Canadians shows Canada must be seen to do more in fighting terrorism. Ambrose says Canadians need to know the federal government is taking every measure to protect its citizens. She says that includes a re-think of the Trudeau government’s plan to pull Canadian fighter jets from the battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

EXPLOSION AT NEXEN UPGRADER

Nexen Energy says it does not know how long its oil upgrader south of Fort McMurray, Alberta will remain shut down after Friday’s fatal explosion.

The fiery blast at the Long Lake plant killed one worker and sent another to an Edmonton hospital with critical burns.

Calgary-based Nexen says the workers were doing maintenance at the time.

 

SNOWSTORM CREATES AIRLINE DELAYS IN HALIFAX

A snowstorm on the east coast has forced airlines to delay or cancel a number of this morning’s flights at Halifax’s Stanfield International Airport.

Environment Canada expects up to 25-centimetres of snow across much of northeastern Nova Scotia.

This is the second time in four days that a storm has dumped that much snow on parts of the Maritimes.

 

WAVES INTERFERE WITH SEARCH FOR MARINES

Waves of up to 10-metres are hampering the search for 12 U-S Marines who are missing after their two helicopters crashed off west coast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

The accident happened Thursday night while the choppers were on a training mission.


Presenting the most compelling images from the last seven days, as selected by the Maclean’s photo department. Be warned that this week’s edit contains graphic content of a young boy killed during an airstrike in Syria.


 
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