Canadian kidnapped in Kenya: official

A Canadian citizen has been kidnapped after dropping his child off at school in Kenya's capital Nairobi, according to a Kenyan police official.

A Canadian citizen has been kidnapped after dropping his child off at school in Kenya's capital Nairobi, according to a Kenyan police official.

The officer said Friday the man works for an aid organization and was taken Wednesday near the International School. The official said a ransom was demanded.

Ross Hynes, Canada's ambassador, said the embassy is investigating.

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman in Ottawa said the department is aware of media reports about a missing Canadian.

Lisa Monette said the department is looking into the circumstances of the disappearance and consular assistance is being provided to the family.

Last year Kenya was hit by a kidnapping epidemic. Most victims were Kenyans who were released after a ransom was paid using mobile telephone transfer. Only a few victims were foreigners.