Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Burkina Faso leader says 14 slain in attack on church

Burkina Faso leader says 14 slain in attack on church

The president of the West African nation of Burkina Faso has confirmed that 14 people were killed in an attack on a Protestant church in the country's east.

Around 10 "heavily armed individuals" carried out the attack in the village near the border with Niger, "executing the faithful including the pastor and children", the source said. Kabore offered his "deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wishes a speedy recovery of the wounded".

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

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.

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Christians make up one-third of Burkina Faso's population.

Christians and others had lived peacefully in the Muslim majority country until a series of attacks blamed on jihadists spilled over from neighboring Mali past year, leaving hundreds dead.

The attack came less than two months after 37 people were killed in an attack on a mining company, with additional 60 people believed wounded.

On November 6 gunmen opened fire on a convoy of buses carrying mine workers in Est region, killing 39.

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