More than a dozen worshipers killed during mass in northern Burkina Faso, church official says

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At least 15 civilians were killed and two others injured in a “terrorist” attack on a Catholic church during Sunday mass in northern Burkina Faso, a senior church official said.

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“We draw your attention to a terrorist attack of which the Catholic community of the village of Essakane was the victim today, February 25, while they were gathered for Sunday prayer,” declared the vicar of the diocese of Dori, Jean-Pierre Sawadogo, in a press release. sent to AFP.

The provisional toll stands at 15 killed and two injured, he added.

Call for peace and security Burkina FasoSawadogo denounced “those who continue to sow death and desolation in our country”.

It is just the latest in a series of atrocities blamed on terrorist groups active in the region, some of which have targeted Christian churches while others have involved the kidnapping of clergy.

Burkina Faso is part of the vast Sahel region, which is engaged in a battle against the rise of violent extremism since Libya’s civil war in 2011, followed by the Islamists’ takeover of the north. Mali in 2012.

The jihadist insurgency spread to Burkina Faso and Niger from 2015.

When Captain Ibrahim Traoré took power in 2022, it was the second coup in the country in less than a year, both sparked in part by discontent with the government’s failure to quell the violence.

In Burkina Faso, around 20,000 people were killed in the violence, while more than two million were displaced.

(AFP)

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