A Canadian mining company employee has been found dead after being kidnapped in the west African country’s northern Sahel region. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Canadian found dead in Burkina Faso

Foreign Ministry officials in Burkina Faso have confirmed a Canadian mining company employee has been found dead after being kidnapped in the west African country’s northern Sahel region.

They say Kirk Woodman, a Halifax man who worked for the Vancouver-based Progress Mineral Mining Company, was found dead late Wednesday in Oudalan province.

West Africa’s Sahel region has seen a number of abductions of foreigners in recent years by extremists linked to al-Qaida or the Islamic State organization.

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