MADRID, 5 May. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Burkina Faso Army has announced the death of eight terrorists allegedly involved in the attack perpetrated last week in southeastern Burkina Faso in which Spanish journalists David Beriáin and Roberto Fraile were captured and killed, along with Irish citizen Rory Young.
The Spanish journalists and Young, founder of the non-governmental organization Chengeta Wildlife, were killed after an attack carried out on April 26 against a mixed anti-poaching patrol in Kompienga province, near the border with Benin and Togo.
The victims were part of a group of about 40 people with whom contact was lost in Arly National Park, a “dangerous area because it is a field of operations for terrorists, poachers and bandits,” according to the Spanish Foreign Minister. Arancha González Laya.
The Armed Forces of Burkina Faso have highlighted in a statement that the operations carried out in the area in response to the “ambush” against the patrol between the towns of Pama and Natiaboni have resulted in the “neutralization” of eight terrorists, without give more details about it, according to the Burkina news portal Burkina24.
During the day on Monday, about 30 people were killed in a new attack perpetrated in the town of Kodyel, located in the province of Komondjari (east), without at the moment any group has claimed responsibility for the event. Security sources have indicated that it would be a revenge for the recruitment of “volunteers” by the authorities in the area.
Increased operations by jihadist groups – including the Al Qaeda branch in the Sahel, the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) – and Increased inter-community tensions have complicated the security situation in Burkina Faso. Faced with this situation, the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, Christophe Dabiré, opened the door at the beginning of February to a possible process of dialogue with the terrorists.