Six dead in attack outside Catholic church in Burkina Faso

Six dead in attack outside Catholic church in Burkina Faso

Gunmen have killed six people, including a priest, in an attack outside a Catholic church in Burkina Faso, according to the Government.

Attendees were leaving the church in Dablo at about 9:00 am on Sunday when they were encircled by about 20 men, who shot six dead. The attackers then burned the church, looted stores and left.

It is the second attack on Christians in two weeks, as the country struggles against increasing Islamic militancy.

“These terrorist groups are now attacking religion with the macabre aim of dividing us,” a Government statement said.

Burkina Faso has seen an increase in attacks during 2019, with groups based in neighbouring Mali linked to Islamic State and Al Qaeda seeking to fuel and exploit local tensions.

Between 55% and 60% of the country’s population is Muslim, with up to 25% Christian. The two religious groups generally live in peace and intermarriage is common.

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