At least 10 killed in attack on church in Burkina Faso

Clay Curtis
December 2, 2019

At least 14 people were shot dead in an attack on a church in eastern Burkina Faso on Sunday morning, the government said, Trend reports citing Reuters.

"Unidentified gunmen carried out an attack during a Sunday service at a Protestant church in the town of Hantoukoura near the border with Niger", the statement said.

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore condemned "the barbaric attack" and revealed that several people also were wounded in a tweet. Kabore offered his "deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wishes a speedy recovery of the wounded".

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.

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The attack took place near the West African country's border with Niger, a troubled area where numerous extremist groups are now active. The incident also mirrors a rising attack on Christians in west African countries where Islamic insurgents run loose.

Once deemed amongst the calmest countries in West Africa, deadly attacks linked to Islamic insurgents have worsened in Burkina Faso since 2015.

Hundreds have been killed over the past year and almost a million forced from their homes.

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