The bodies of three men killed after being ambushed in Burkina Faso on Monday have arrived in Spain.

The two Spanish journalists and an Irish conservationist were filming with an anti-poaching patrol when they were attacked by a heavily armed gang.

Speaking at the Torrejón Air Base where the coffins arrived, Spain’s Defence Minister Margarita Robles said that the fight against terrorism would not stop and Spain and its partners would be relentless about it.

“Twenty-four soldiers acted as pallbearers and the islamists have come out clearly stating that they were behind the attack” adds Minister Margarita.

The Spanish government is to award its highest honour to the two journalists, David Beriain and Roberto Fraile.

The Irish victim, Rory Young, set up the Chengeta Wildlife Foundation around nine years ago to train rangers to tackle poaching in conflict regions in Africa, partly through policing and partly through developing economic alternatives.

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