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Canadian kidnapped in Burkina Faso local official says

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A Canadian national was kidnapped in northern Burkina Faso near the Malian border in West Africa on Tuesday night, Security Minister Clement Sawadogo told reporters on Wednesday.

The Canadian worked for a mining company called Progress Minerals, Sawadogo said.

Attacks by Islamist militants have surged in the country in recent months and Burkina Faso has declared a state of emergency in several northern provinces since Dec. 31.