Two Spanish journalists die after ambush in Burkina Faso

The two journalists were working with the director of the foundation on a documentary At the time of the attack they were traveling with ...

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  • The two journalists were working with the director of the foundation on a documentary
  • At the time of the attack they were traveling with an anti-poaching patrol of about 40 people
  • Two soldiers were wounded in the attack and evacuated to a military hospital in Ouagadougou, the capital.

Dead Spanish journalists. David Beriáin, 44, and Roberto Fraile, 47, were killed in an ambush in Burkina Faso. Both journalists were the ones who made the documentary Clandestino con Sicarios del Cartel de Sinaloa in Mexico, according to el Blog del Narco.

Two Spanish journalists and the Irish director of a foundation for the defense of wildlife were killed in an ambush in Burkina Faso, the Spanish government and the authorities of the African country announced on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

Journalists killed: Identity of journalists confirmed

Two Spanish journalists die after ambush in Burkina Faso
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The two journalists were working with the foundation’s director on a documentary about poachers in a national park bordering Benin, when they were attacked by armed men on Monday, Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya said at a press conference. in Madrid.

The Spaniards were identified as David Beriáin, 44, and Roberto Fraile, 47, said members of the Reporters without Borders organization who represent the families of the two reporters and that they are in contact with the relatives to inform them of everything. the repatriation of the bodies.

Dead Spanish journalists: They made a documentary on poaching

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Beriáin was conducting preliminary research for a documentary project on how Burkina Faso authorities are tackling the problem of poaching, also targeting the communities living in the park, according to media content producer Movistar Plus.

The company identified the Irish victim as Rory Young, director of the Chengeta Wildlife Foundation, together with Spanish journalists conducting a preliminary investigation for a documentary project on how the Burkina Faso authorities are tackling the problem of poaching.

Dead Spanish Journalists: The Attack That Killed Them

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At the time of the attack, the three men were traveling with an anti-poaching patrol of about 40 people, the Spanish minister said. “It is a dangerous area where terrorists, bandits and jihadists regularly operate,” said the official.

The Irish government said it was aware of the reports and was in contact with its international partners about the situation on the ground. The AP had access to an audio message in which a jihadist group known as JNIM, linked to Al Qaeda, allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack. “We killed three white people. We also got two vehicles with weapons and 12 motorcycles, ”says the recording.

Spanish journalists killed: Ambushed

Two Spanish journalists die after ambush in Burkina Faso
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The army’s special wildlife protection unit was ambushed while traveling with foreigners 15 kilometers (9 miles) from its base in the eastern city of Natiaboni, said Yendifimba Jean-Claude Louari, mayor of Fada N ‘ gourma, to The Associated Press.

Two soldiers were wounded in the attack and evacuated to a military hospital in Ouagadougou, the capital. One soldier suffered injuries to one leg and the other to an arm, which had to be amputated, said people familiar with the incident who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

Spanish journalists killed: Soldiers tried to protect them

A wounded soldier is lying on a bed in a military hospital in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.
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During the attack, they said, the soldiers tried to protect the foreigners, but at the end of the shooting they realized that they had disappeared. The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, sent his condolences to the relatives and friends of the reporters in a tweet.

“Our recognition to those who, like them, carry out courageous and essential journalism from conflict zones on a daily basis,” said the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, on his official Twitter account, the AP news agency reported. Spanish journalists killed

Five hostages are still missing

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The foreigners had been traveling with the rangers for about a week, the soldiers said. The rangers were on their first mission in Arly National Park, after completing a six-month anti-poaching training program. Spanish journalists killed

Since the early 2000s, local militias have developed a kidnapping industry in the Sahel region, the vast area south of the Sahara that encompasses West Africa. Five foreign hostages remain missing, including the two abducted in Burkina Faso, analyst Heni Nsaibia said.

Soldiers narrate the attack they suffered

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Two soldiers wounded in the attack and evacuated to a military hospital in the capital, Ouagadougou, told the AP they were attacked by jihadists who outnumbered their patrol. A soldier he was shot in the leg and the other in the arm, causing him to be amputated. Spanish journalists killed

They insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. When the jihadists attacked, the soldiers tried to form a protective shield around the foreigners, but once the shooting stopped they realized they had disappeared, he said.

‘We are discouraged,’ said the soldiers

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“We are discouraged. It is as if you leave your house with ten people, you go to work and then you come back with eight people. What do you say to the families of those two people? ”Said one of the soldiers. Spanish journalists killed

After a life dedicated to producing forceful journalistic reports on conflicts Armed, violent groups and traffickers who took Berián around the world, the experienced journalist and his wife ran a production company in Madrid, responsible for visually harrowing news programs for some.

A great career

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For his part, Friar, a father of two, had covered several conflicts as a freelance cameraman, including the decade-long war in Syria. In 2012, he survived an attack in the Syrian city of Aleppo, in which he was wounded by shrapnel to the pelvis. Spanish journalists killed

The foreigners had been traveling with the rangers for about a week, the soldiers said. The rangers were conducting their first mission in Arly National Park, after completing a six-month anti-poaching training program, he said.

A country affected by violence

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Burkina Faso has been targeted by jihadist attacks linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State that have killed thousands and displaced more than 1 million people. This is one of the hardest-hit parts of the country and while it is unclear which group operates, where the attack occurred, conflict analysts say the area is known to be under jihadist control and the groups are engaging in kidnappings as a form of finance its operations.

“Foreign nationals are a preferable target to be used as a bargaining chip in exchange for a ransom,” said Heni Nsaibia, analyst with the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project. Since the early 2000s, militant groups have developed a kidnapping industry in the Sahel, five foreign hostages remain missing, including two taken from Burkina Faso, he said.

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