Three police killed in Burkina after foreigners kidnapped

2018-09-24 18:51

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Three police officers were killed in a northern region of Burkina Faso where they were hunting for a trio of kidnapped mineworkers, a security official told AFP on Monday.

"The bodies of three gendarmes were found this morning in Tongomael," the source said, speaking from the town of Djibo.

"They were part of a team that had been deployed in a search-and-sweep operation" following the kidnapping, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Their bodies were found at daybreak after a two-hour clash with an armed group late on Sunday.

A second source - a security official in the capital Ouagadougou - confirmed the account.

On Sunday, three miners - a Burkinabe national, an Indian and a South African - were seized by armed men between Djibo and the Inata gold mine, about 30km from Tongomael.

The abductors are "probably members of jihadist groups which are active in the region. They headed towards the Malian border and have no doubt already crossed it," another source in Ouagadougou said.

Northern Burkina Faso started experiencing cross-border jihadists attack in 2015.

Abductions include that of Australian Kenneth Elliott and his wife Jocelyn, humanitarian workers in their eighties, who were kidnapped in Djibo in 2015.

Jocelyn Elliott was released but her husband, who had been running a clinic for the poor for decades, is still being held.

On September 8, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said additional security measures would shortly be unveiled "to eradicate the curse of terrorism."

* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook

Read more on:    burkina faso  |  west africa

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.