Priest, 5 others killed in attack on Catholic church in Burkina Faso

14 May, 2019, 03:58 | Author: Emmett Rice
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It has been nearly 24hours since a Catholic Church in Burkina Faso was attacked by terrorists during Mass and 6people were killed.

Gunmen on motorcycles stormed the church in Burkina Faso on Sunday morning, killing six men, including the priest, before setting fire to the church and buildings in the area, the Burkina Information Agency reported.

"They burned down the church, then shops and a small restaurant before going to the health centre where they searched the premises and set fire to the head nurse's vehicle", Mr. Zongo said.

At the end of April, five Christians were killed in an attack on a Burkinabe Protestant Church. "It's practically a ghost town", he said.

The foreigners, who were kidnapped while on a trip through a nature preserve on the border between Burkina Faso and Mali, were held for almost a month before they were rescued.

Five churchgoers were killed along with the priest.

Frenchmen Laurent Lassimouillas, 46, and Patrick Picque, 51, were seized by kidnappers in Benin's Pendjari National Park, near the border with Burkina Faso, on May 1.

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The other two hostages from the US and South Korean have not been named.

Burkina Faso has suffered from increasingly frequent and deadly attacks attributed to a number of jihadist groups, including the Ansarul Islam group, the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM) and Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.

The attacks started in the north of the country before targeting the capital Ouagadougou and other regions, notably the east of the country.

But violence has only worsened since.

The attacks took place in Dablo located in the Sanmatenga Province in the country's center.

A report submitted to the UN Security Council past year warned that security had "deteriorated rapidly over the last six months" in the area between Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, with attacks spreading to eastern Burkina Faso.

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