Two Spanish Journalists, Irish Campaigner Killed in an Ambush in Burkina Faso

Two Spanish journalists and an Irish campaigner were ambushed and killed last April 26 in eastern Burkina Faso, governments confirmed.

Burkina Faso government officials confirmed on April 27 the deaths of three Europeans who were on an anti-poaching mission near Pama Reserve in the southeastern region of the country.

Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya identified the journalists as 44-year-old David Beriain and 47-year-old Roberto Fraile after Burkinabe authorities provided an image of them.

Laya said that contact had been lost with a group of around 40 people in the Arly National Park near the border with Benin last April 26.

“This is a dangerous area because terrorists, poachers, robbers and jihadist groups habitually operate there,” Laya told reporters on April 27.

Laya also said that the journalists were working on a documentary on anti-poaching.

The Irish Foreign Ministry said last April 26 that it was “aware of the reports and is liaising closely with international partners regarding the situation on the ground.”

Irish media identified the victim as Rory Young, the co-founder and president of anti-poaching organization Chengeta Wildlife, which later confirmed his death in a Facebook post.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney later released a statement saying that he “condemns in the strongest possible terms the actions of those who are responsible for this attack.”

“We will continue to liaise with the authorities and partners on the ground on the matter,” Coveney further said.

Burkina Faso government officials also reported that one Burkinabe soldier who accompanied the three Europeans remains missing.

It remains unclear who carried out the attack as no group has yet to claim responsibility.

Insurgents connected to the jihadist terror groups Islamic State and Al-Qaeda have been increasingly active in the Sahel region of Africa.

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