Se­cu­rity guard kid­napped from Burk­ina Faso mine

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY RO­MARIC OLLO HIEN

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.

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