Security officials in Burkina Faso say four people have been kidnapped near the Pama nature reserve on the eastern border with Benin and Niger.

The four – a soldier in Burkina Faso’s army, two Spanish nationals and a conservation worker from Ireland – were ambushed on a road near the reserve.

Burkina Faso is facing a deepening security crisis, like many of its neighbours, as Islamist armed groups carry out raids and kidnappings across much of the region.

Officials at Ireland’s foreign ministry said they were liaising with local authorities over their missing citizen.


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