Canadian kidnapped in Burkina Faso found dead, says official in West African country

A Canadian kidnapped in Burkina Faso has been found dead, a spokesperson for the Burkina Faso Security Ministry told Radio-Canada on Thursday.

Kirk Woodman, originally from Halifax, was abducted Tuesday night by a dozen gunmen at a mining site owned by Vancouver-based Progress Minerals near the border with Niger, in an area the government says is under growing threat from armed jihadists.

Woodman had been shot and his body was found Wednesday night, 100 kilometres from the site where he worked, the ministry spokesperson told Radio-Canada.