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Irish citizen confirmed killed in Burkina Faso attack

Military fighting truck in Burkina Faso

Military fighting truck in Burkina Faso

Ireland’s Foreign Ministry confirms killing of citizen in Monday attack in Burkina Faso, together with two Spanish journalists.

Ireland’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday confirmed the killing of a citizen in a Monday attack in Burkina Faso together with two Spanish journalists.

The ministry said in a statement that Rory Young was part of a group that on Monday morning was attacked by unknown assailants in the eastern part of Burkina Faso.

The statement said that the Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney learned of Young’s death “with deep dismay’’ and that he condemns in the strongest possible terms the actions of those who are responsible for this attack.

Yong was the co-founder and president of an anti-poaching organisation called Chengeta, according to the Irish Times.

A day earlier, Spanish Foreign Minister, Arancha Laya had confirmed the death of the two Spanish journalists, saying the site of the attack was in a dangerous area, a field of action for terrorist groups, poachers, criminals and jihadists.

According to Spanish media the journalists had been part of a group of correspondents accompanying officials from Burkina Faso’s environmental protection agency and the military during an operation targeting poachers.

The convoy of about 40 people was attacked by an unidentified armed group on the road between the cities of Fada N’Gourma and Pama in the south-east of the country on Monday evening, according to the reports.

One Burkinabe was reportedly kidnapped or injured during the attack.

The western African country is located in the Sahel, where several terrorist groups were active, some of which have pledged allegiance to the Islamist militias al-Qaeda and Islamic State.

Burkina Faso has seen a significant increase in terrorist attacks since 2015. (dpa/NAN)