'Nothing can explain': Couillard honours Quebecers killed in Jakarta, Burkina Faso

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard honoured seven Quebecers who died in international attacks this week, remembering them as generous humanitarians who loved their families.

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In a speech in Quebec City on Monday, Couillard honoured Tahar Amer-Ouali, who was killed in a bombing in Jakarta on Thursday, and remembered the six other Quebecers who died in an attack in Burkina Faso on Friday night.

Couillard described Amer-Ouali, the Jakarta victim, as a dedicated hearing specialist and a family man.

"Amer-Ouali was the father of five and a grandfather," the premier said in French. "He liked to travel and help those in need."

According to his son, Amer-Ouali travelled the world to help people with hearing disabilities, splitting his time between Laval and Indonesia.

Amer-Ouali was in central Jakarta when suicide bombers and gunmen stormed a Starbucks and traffic police post in an attack that left at least seven dead.

Six more Quebec residents were killed this week when militants attacked a hotel in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, on Friday. At least 28 people from 18 different countries died in that attack.

Yves Carrier, a retired teacher, his wife Gladys Chamberland, their son Charlelie and his half-sister Maude were in Burkina Faso for a month-long humanitarian mission, along with teacher Louis Chabot and Suzanne Bernier.

In his speech on Monday, Couillard praised the six victims for their "commitment to the less fortunate, their compassion (and) their generosity."

The group in Burkina Faso was in the country to repair a dormitory and set up a school sports field, and were helping build a congregation, Couillard said.

"It was a beautiful project."

The premier called the deaths inexplicable and unjustifiable, and vowed that Quebec would never "bow before those terrorists," or compromise its values.

"Nothing can explain how (the attackers could have killed) people who have such devotion to a better world," Couillard said. "This attack against them is also an attack against all of us."



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