The remains of the two Spanish journalists killed after suffering an armed attack in Burkina Faso on Monday, David Beriain and Roberto Fraile, were transferred on Tuesday from the east of the country to the capital, Ouagadougou, official sources confirmed this Wednesday.

“The bodies they returned to Ouagadougou yesterday “, pending his repatriation, declared a Burkinabe government source.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain reported that the bodies of David Beriáin and Roberto Fraile will be repatriated on a flight of the Spanish Ministry of Defense that he will leave “as soon as he receives authorization from the authorities.”

On the same flight, Defense plans to transfer the body of the murdered Irishman together with the Spaniards to Spain, conservationist Rory Young, co-founder of the NGO Chengeta Wildlife, dedicated to combating poaching.

In this regard, the official Burkinabe source did not disclose details and added that “the authorship (of the attack) has not yet been” recognized by or attributed to anyone, although the Government of this West African country attributes the violent act to “terrorists”.

Beriáin and Fraile, specialized in armed conflicts, they were filming a documentary about poaching and Young served as their guide, when the convoy in which they were traveling was attacked in the Eastern Region by armed individuals who they were kidnapped and killed.

Spanish journalism mourns the loss of two professionals on Tuesday.  The sad news came this morning, when government sources confirmed the death of David Beriain from Navarre and Roberto Fraile from the Basque Country, after being ambushed in a dangerous area of ​​Burkina Faso, where they were carrying out a project.  Both journalists were in the West African state filming a documentary with an NGO when the convoy in which they were traveling was attacked by an armed group.  After not having heard from them since Monday - nor from the other people they were traveling with;  a Burkinabe and an Irish citizen-, concern was growing over the confirmation by local media that they had been kidnapped in the attack.

Burkina Faso has endured jihadist attacks since April 2015, when members of a group affiliated with la red Al Qaeda a Romanian security guard was abducted from a manganese mine in Tambao (north), who is still missing.

The region hardest hit by the attacks is Sahel (north), although insecurity has been spreading to neighboring provinces, and since the summer of 2018 it also affects the east of the country.

The attacks are often attributed al grupo local burkinés Ansarul Islam, to the jihadist coalition of the Sahel Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM) and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS), which also attack in Mali and Niger.


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