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Hundreds mourn Quebecers killed in Burkina attacks

07 February 2016, 07:07

Quebec City -Hundreds of family, friends and dignitaries including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended funerals Saturday for the six Quebecers killed during attacks in Burkina Faso's capital.

A funeral service was held in the morning for Suzanne Bernier, a retired school director, at a church in Quebec City.

At a packed afternoon service, four members of the Carrier family and Louis Chabot were laid to rest in the provincial capital.

The six Canadians were killed in Ouagadougou on January 15 while enjoying a last meal after their flight home was delayed.

A total of 30 people -- around half of them foreigners -- were killed and 70 others hurt in the attack on a cafe and the four-star Splendid claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

Also Read: Widow of slain missionary headed back to Burkina Faso

Yves Carrier, his wife Gladys and two of their children had been in the West African nation with two friends helping build a school when they were killed.

Carrier and his family had been coming to Burkina Faso for years on humanitarian missions to help the country of 18 million people, 40 percent of them living below the poverty line.

The country for some was seen as an NGO "paradise" because it was safe and largely stable in contrast to other nations on the southern edge of the Sahara facing violence and instability.

Just two days before the attack in Ouagadougou, 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.

Combined, the attacks made for the worst death toll for Canadians in attacks since September 11, 2001.



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