Kirk Woodman

Burkina Faso’s security ministry says a Canadian national has been kidnapped by suspected extremists in the West African nation near its border with Niger.

Spokesperson Jean Paul Badoum said on Wednesday that the Canadian man was abducted overnight during a raid on a mining site in Tiabongou, about 20km from Mansila in Yagha province.

Badoum identified the man as Kirk Woodman, who works for the Progress Mineral Mining Company.

There is no immediate comment from Canadian officials.

Burkina Faso recently declared a state of emergency in the region as attacks by Islamic extremists increase, especially along the border with Niger and Mali.

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 organisation.

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