South African among three kidnapped in Burkina Faso: reports

OUAGADOUGOU – A South African and Indian were among three mineworkers kidnapped in a northern part of Burkina Faso which has been repeatedly targeted by jihadists, sources told AFP.

“The three men of Indian, South African and Burkinabe nationality were kidnapped by unidentified armed men” between the Inata gold mine and the town of Djibo bordering Mali and Niger, a security source told AFP.

The kidnapping was confirmed by a fellow mineworker who said the three men “left the site (of the mine) around 8am and by 10am they had no more news of them”.

“After alerting the defence and security forces, we learned there had been a kidnapping,” said the worker, declining to be named.

The kidnappers are “probably members of jihadist groups operating in the region”, said another security source in the…

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