Since Monday, two Spaniards and one Irishman have been “unaccounted for” in Burkina FasoAccording to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of European Union and Cooperation, no more details were provided. Local media pointed out that they were kidnapped in an attack in the southeast of the country.
The Spanish Embassy in Mali is an embassy recognized in Burkina Faso and maintains close contact with the families of the two missing persons.The source pointed out that “the incident and the ongoing investigation are being quickly notified to try to find them.”
Similarly, they said from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that they also maintain permanent contact with the Burkina Faso authorities through various channels to facilitate this task. Every effort is being made to find these two Spaniards In these situations, always take appropriate precautions and recommended caution. “
Security news quoted by the Burkina Faso news portal Infowakat stated that The attack was carried out by unidentified armed men Mixed patrols against the anti-poaching forces in Kompienga Province (southeast).
These sources stated Three people were injured in the attack and four people were missing, Including a member of the security forces, but the authorities of African countries have not yet made any speeches.
According to information collected by Radio France International, the fourth missing person is an Irish citizen, although Dublin has not confirmed this.This medium shows The three foreigners are journalists working in a non-governmental organization that ensures animal protection.
The attack took place near the town of Pama, the capital of the province. The attackers stole weapons and equipment. The materials include two vehicle-mounted machine guns, a drone, twelve motorcycles and frequency receivers.
In recent years, insecurity in eastern and northern Burkina Faso has increasedEspecially due to the surge in attacks by jihadist groups, including al-Qaeda in the Sahel, Islamic and Muslim Support Group (JNIM) and Islamic State of the Greater Sahara (ISGS), these attacks have also caused an increase in confrontation between communities.
The Burkina Faso army confirmed on Monday that in the last week of the counter-terrorism operation Four soldiers died and two suspected terrorists were “neutralized”, As reported by the Burkina24 news portal.
Faced with this situation, the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, Christophe Dabiré, opened the door to the possibility of dialogue with terrorists in early February. “We are not saying that Burkina Faso opposes negotiations with terrorists”, He said in a speech to the parliament.