Three Westerners and a Burkinabe are missing after the attack in eastern Burkina Faso

Four people, including three Europeans and a Burkinabe, were missing after an anti-poaching patrol was attacked in eastern Burkina Faso on Monday, security and local sources said.

The group – made up of soldiers, rangers and foreign journalists – was targeted at the Fada N’Gourma-Pama area, according to a local official, who added “the preliminary toll reports of three injured, four missing”.

The attack was also confirmed by security sources, with one saying that the Westerners included “two Spaniards and an Irishman, all of whom worked for a non-governmental organization that protected the environment”.

“According to survivors, two of the foreigners were injured during the attack. The search is ongoing” to find the four missing persons, the source added.

The Spanish Foreign Ministry has confirmed that it is looking for two Spanish citizens “whose whereabouts are unknown in Burkina Faso”.

The attackers used two pick-up vehicles and a dozen motorcycles, according to security sources.

Burkina Faso, a poor, locked country in the heart of the Sahel, has been fighting an Islamist uprising for several years.

The nation has undergone regular attacks, sometimes intertwined with societal conflicts, since jihadists from nearby Mali began raids in 2015.

( Jowharwith AFP)

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