The Ministry of Defense has blamed “jihadist groups” the murder of Spanish journalists David Beriáin and Roberto Fraile in Burkina Faso, in view of “the capacity of the fire and the means used” in the attack, which are not typical of traffickers or poachers.
In a statement, the department of Margarita Robles affirms this Friday, likewise, that the two informants “at all times they had the utmost prudence in their performance, beyond the assumption of the risks inherent to their profession “.
“Proof of this is that they accompanied a Burkina Faso unit dedicated to the fight against poaching, “adds Defense, indicating that these forces from the African country” were prepared and tried to repel the aggression they suffered “in an ambush in the Pama area.
The attack took place when journalists, embedded with Burkinabe forces, were filming a documentary about poaching and the Irish conservationist Rory Young also died there. The bodies of the three have been repatriated to Spain this Friday in an Air Force plane.
Neither smugglers nor poachers
According to Defense, at first the Burkina Faso security forces managed to repel the attack, “but then they were overcome by the firepower of the attackers. “
In view of the circumstances of the events, the Ministry concludes that “the attackers they weren’t smugglers or poachers“.
“The fire capacity and the means used in the attack lead to the conclusion, in a first evaluation, that they were part of one of the jihadist groups that act in the region, “says Defense.
The minister Robles has come this Friday to receive the coffins of the three deceased at the Torrejón de Ardoz air base (Madrid) and has thanked, in statements to the media, the work carried out by the agents of the National Intelligence Center (CNI) present in the area for years, in collaboration with local and European intelligence services.