Gunmen kidnap Romanian from Burkina Faso mine near Mali border

A rail station in Burkina-Faso. Wikimedia.

(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.

The incident took place at the Tambao project, which is run by Pan African Minerals, a subsidiary of Frank Timis’s Timis Corporation. Timis is a Romanian-Australian who lives in London and has investments in West Africa, especially in oil and mining.

The mine is in northeastern Burkina Faso, close to the border with northern Mali.

“There was an attack on one of our patrols,” said Souleymane Mihin, Burkina Faso managing director for Pan African Minerals. “They kidnapped the Romanian leading the patrol. The driver was wounded in the foot. A gendarme was seriously injured.”

A Burkinabe security source said the five gunmen involved in the attack headed towards the nearby border with northern Mali after kidnapping the Romanian…