Two Spanish journalists and an Irish conservationist were ambushed and murdered in eastern Burkina Faso. This has been announced by the Spanish Government and the Burkinese authorities.
The Spanish war reporters David Beriain (43) and Roberto Fraile (47) were together with an Irish activist Rory Young and a man from Burkina Faso in a national park near the Benin border, when armed men opened the attack. Nothing has yet been known about the fate of the Burkinese.
Beriain and Fraile were working on a documentary about the approach of poachers by the Burkinese authorities and about the community in the National Park. At the time of the attack they were accompanied by a unit dedicated to the fight against poachers, according to Spanish Foreign Minister González Laya. “Its a dangerous area where there are often terrorists, bandits and jihadists.”
On Twitter, Sánchez expresses his condolences to the next of kin. “And our appreciation for those who, like them, daily engage in courageous and important journalism from conflict zones.”
The Irish Government claims to be familiar with the reports and to be in contact with international partners about the situation in the area.
Jihadists from the JNIM group, affiliated with al-Qaeda, claimed the attack in an audio message that press agency AP listened to. “We killed three white people. We also have two vehicles with firearms and twelve engines.”
Two soldiers wounded transferred to a military hospital in the capital Ouagadougou say that the patrol was attacked by a large group of jihadists.