Saturday, 07 December, 2019


Another Burkina Faso church attack

WEB_Burkina Faso At least 10 killed in attack on church in Burkina Faso
Bennie Garza | 02 December, 2019, 22:48

Jihadists attacked a Protestant church in Burkina Faso on Sunday, leaving 14 worshippers killed as threats of violence escallate across the Francophone country.

According to a local government statement, many people also sustained injuries in the attack.

I condemn the barbaric attack against the Protestant Church of Hantoukoura in the department of Foutouri, which left 14 dead and several wounded.

Mr Kabore also wished the wounded "speedy recovery".

The identity of the gunmen was not yet clear and further details on the attack had yet to emerge.

Burkina Faso has been marred by worsening security situation with frequent attacks reported.

The conflict spread across the border from neighbouring Mali where Islamist militants took over the north of the country in 2012 before French troops pushed them out.

The violence occurred on Sunday in an area known for banditry that has been attacked over the past year by suspected jihadist groups with al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

The timing of the latest incident, during hours of worship, mirrored other attacks on Christians this year - a new phenomenon in a West African country that long prided itself on religious tolerance.

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