Gunmen kidnap Romanian from Burkina Faso mine near Mali border

Reuters News
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Posted: Apr 04, 2015 12:04 PM

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Gunmen kidnapped a Romanian security officer from a manganese mining project in northern Burkina Faso on Saturday, the company and a security source said.

Souleymane Mihin, Burkina Faso managing director for Pan African Minerals which runs the Tambao manganese project, said five gunmen had seized the Romanian after they attacked a security patrol he was leading. His driver and a gendarme protecting them were injured.

A Burkinabe security source said the gunmen headed towards the nearby border with northern Mali after kidnapping the Romanian.

(Reporting by Mathieu Bonkoungou; Writing by David Lewis)