30 Apr, 2021 @ 12:14
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Bodies of two Spanish journalists and their Irish guide killed in Burkina Faso arrive at a Madrid airbase

Bodies of two Spanish journalists and their Irish guide killed in Burkina Faso arrive at a Madrid military airbase
Torrejon, Madrid, Spain, 30.04.2021.- The families of David Beriain and Roberto Fraile receive the coffins with the mortal remains of the journalists killed in Burkina Faso at the Torrejón de Ardoz air base, Madrid Along with the Spanish, the body of the Irish aid worker Rory Young also arrives. The Foreign and Defense Ministers, together with the Irish Ambassador to Spain. Foto: Juan Carlos Rojas | usage worldwide

THE bodies of two journalists and their guide killed during an attack on an anti-poaching patrol in Burkina Faso arrived in Spain this morning(April 30).

Spanish reporters David Beriain and Roberto Fraile were accompanying Irish national, Rory Young, head of the Chengeta Wildlife group, in Arly National Park on Monday when they were attacked.

The Airbus 310 carrying the men’s bodies landed at a military airfield in the Madrid area at Torrejon de Ardoz.

The trio were with a group of soldiers and forest rangers when they were ambushed by assailants in trucks and on motorbikes.

The three men were initially reported missing but a day later, the Burkina Faso authorities said they had been killed.

Foreign Minister, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, and Defence Minister, Margarita Robles, were on the airbase tarmac this morning when the plane landed.

The three coffins were carried out by 24 air force officers.

Burkina Faso in Africa has been in the grip of an intensifying jihadist insurgency since 2015.

More than 1,300 people have been killed and one million have fled the violence in the last six years.


Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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