Security guard kidnapped from Burkina Faso mine
Gunmen on Saturday kidnapped a Romanian security officer working at a mine in northern Burkina Faso and fled with him towards the border with Mali, security sources in both countries said.
The man was seized when five armed men attacked a patrol at the manganese mine in Tambao, the mine’s director general Souleymane Mien told AFP.
A gendarmerie officer and a driver who were in the same car as the Romanian national were injured after coming under fire in the attack, he said.
The policeman was hit in the head, chest and the pelvis. The driver was shot in the thigh, he added.
The account was confirmed by a Burkinabe police official.
“First they fired at the policeman, seriously injuring him, before kidnapping the Romanian man who was not armed,” the source told AFP.
The unidentified gunmen then took off in the direction of the nearby frontier with Mali, according to security officials in both countries.
“The perpetrators of the abduction were heading for the Malian border, we have sent men to try to intercept them,” a Malian security source said.
The Burkinabe authorities confirmed the abduction took place but said the attackers had fled towards the northeastern border with Niger.