The Spanish government said Tuesday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, that an ambush in eastern Burkina Faso had killed two Spanish citizens.
Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Raya said at a news conference that Spanish journalists and Irish citizens were missing during a shooter attack near a national park on Monday.
The two Spaniards are from northern Spain and have been working on a documentary about how Burkina Faso authorities are working on poaching and the community of people living in the park. At the time of the attack, she said they were traveling on a poaching prevention patrol of about 40 people.
“It’s a dangerous area where terrorists, bandits, and jihadists usually operate,” Gonzalezraya said.
The Irish government said, “We are aware of the report and are in close contact with our international partners regarding the situation on the ground.”
A voice message heard by the Associated Press claiming to be from a jihadist group known as JNIM associated with al-Qaeda’s terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack. “We killed three whites, and we got two vehicles with guns and twelve motorcycles,” the recording said.
Burkina Faso’s special military wildlife unit was ambushed on a trip with a foreigner on Monday morning. Yendifimba Jean-Claude Louari, the mayor of the eastern town of Natia Boni, nine miles from their base, and the main town of Fadanugurma in the east, said. AP.
“This attack is very important because it demonstrates the ability to launch strategic and deadly attacks on important fleets tightly protected by Burkina Faso security forces and the Rangers,” said the vast expanse of southern Sahel. Florberger, a local researcher, said. The Sahara Desert in West Africa.
Two soldiers who were injured in the attack and evacuated to a military hospital in the capital Ouagadougou told AP that they had been attacked by more than 15 patrols of jihadists. One soldier was shot in the leg and the other was shot in the arm and amputated. They claimed anonymity because they were not allowed to speak to the media. He said the soldiers tried to form a protective shield around the aliens when the Jihadists attacked, but they noticed they disappeared when the shooting stopped.
“We were disappointed. It’s like leaving home with 10 people, going to work, and coming back with 8 people. What do you say to your family?” Said one of the soldiers.
Soldiers said the foreigners had been traveling with rangers for about a week, two of whom were journalists and one of whom was a trainer. He said the Rangers were performing their first mission in Arli National Park after completing a six-month poaching prevention training program.
Burkina Faso was struck by jihadist attacks related to al-Qaeda and ISIS terrorist groups, killing thousands and evacuating more than a million. The eastern part is one of the most devastated areas in the country, and it is unclear which groups are active where the attack occurred, but conflict analysts say the area is under jihadist control. Are known and the group states that they are engaged in kidnapping as a way of raising funds for their operations.
“Foreigners are a good target to be used as bargaining chips in exchange for ransom,” said Heni Nsaibia, an analyst at the Armed Conflict Places and Event Data Project.
He said five foreign hostages, including two taken from Burkina Faso, are still missing since a terrorist group developed the kidnapping industry in Sahel in the early 2000s.
Sam Mednick and Alitz Para