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Burkina Faso terrorists kill three European journalists

Burkina Faso terrorists kill three European journalists

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Two Spanish journalists and one Irish have been murdered in an attack on an anti-poaching patrol in Burkina Faso, officials said on Tuesday.

“It is very unfortunate, but the three Westerners were executed by terrorists,” said a senior security source in the West African nation.

He did not specify who was behind Monday’s attack targeting the group — which included soldiers, forest rangers and foreign reporters — in the eastern region of Fada N’Gourma-Pama.

At least three people were injured and one Burkinabe was believed to be among the missing.

The attackers used two pick-up vehicles and a dozen motorbikes, according to security sources.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed two Spaniards were killed, naming the two victims.

“The worst news is confirmed. All our affection for the relatives and friends of David Beriain and Roberto Fraile (de Baracaldo), who were murdered in Burkina Faso,” he tweeted.

Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya told a news conference the two men were “making a documentary on the measures taken by Burkina Faso to protect national parks, to protect natural resources from poaching and to protect the populations living in the natural parks.”

– Seasoned reporters –

She said Beriain was from Pamplona in Spain’s north while Fraile was from the northern Basque country.

Beriain was a war reporter who worked for a now defunct Spanish branch of CNN and had founded his own production house specialising in documentaries on illegal activities.

Fraile used to work for Spain’s CyLTV. According to Spanish media reports, he was wounded in Syria at the end of 2012 while covering the Free Syrian Army.

Both were described as seasoned war journalists.

Adriano Moran from Beriain’s production house 93Metros said they had only been in Burkina Faso for a short while.

“Both of them knew that it was difficult terrain and that such a thing may happen. And the worst happened,” he told Spain’s TVE.

“David was one of the great journalists of the country and the world,” he said. “He had received many prizes.”

Moran said Beriain had a satellite phone with him but had been incommunicado for the past few days.

Ireland’s foreign ministry did not confirm whether the third victim was a citizen but said it was working with officials in Burkina Faso.

“The department is aware of the reports and is liaising closely with international partners regarding the situation on the ground,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.


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