According to the security ministry, a Canadian citizen that was kidnapped in northern Burkina Faso, near the Malian border, has been found dead.
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Earlier, Security Minister Clement Sawadogo said that the kidnapped person was working for the Progress Minerals mining company.
The Canadian citizen was abducted by gunmen on a mining site, owned by Vancouver-based Progress Minerals, which is located 20 kilometres away from Mansila in Yagha province, a spokesman for the West African nation’s security ministry said earlier.
Since 31 December, Burkina Faso has been in a state of emergency, amid frequent attacks by militants.
Several militant Islamist groups are active in the country.