The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) took prompt action following reports about the abduction of a Romanian national in the African state of Burkina Faso, activating the crisis task force, the Ministry informed in a release.
“As soon as the information reached the Romanian authorities, the Foreign Minister activated the crisis task force, which already convened to look at all information available and adopt the specific measures. Instructions were sent to all diplomatic missions in the area. The institutions involved in the crisis task force keep in constant contact with each other,” the release said.
Reuters reported that a Romanian security agent of a mining company owned by Romanian businessman Frank Timis was abducted on Saturday by an armed group, in northern Burkina Faso, near the Malian border; the manganese mine is owned by Pan African Minerals, a subsidiary of Frank Timis Corporation.
‘There was an attack on one of our patrols. ‘They kidnapped the Romanian leading the patrol. The driver was wounded in the foot. A gendarme was seriously injured,’ Reuters quoted Souleymane Mihin, Burkina Faso managing director for Pan African Minerals.
Also according to Reuters, a local security source security source said the five gunmen involved in the attack subsequently headed towards the nearby border with Mali.
The crisis task force convened by Foreign Minister Bodgan Aurescu has informed the family of the Romanian citizen abducted on Saturday by an armed group in Burkina Faso; the task force is in permanent contact with the family, the Foreign Affairs Ministry informed in a release to Agerpres on Sunday.
According to this document, the task force has continuously worked since last night and kept in contact with the authorities in Burkina Faso through Romania’s embassies in the Region; also, the ministry’s representatives are in contact with the French authorities.
According to the MAE, the Romanian citizen was participating in a patrol for securing the perimeter of a mining facility, and according to information provided by the mining company he was not wounded in the firing.
‘The management of the mine and the company directors are in permanent contact with the authorities of Burkina Faso, who have dispatched a significant military force in the region to identify the hijackers. Also, the military attaché at the French Embassy in Ouagadougou, with which the Romanian Embassy in Dakar is in contact through the Honorary Consul of Romania in Bamako , has communicated that specific steps are in progress to chase and identify the hijackers,’ the MAE release adds.