Pastor, 2 sons killed in another violent church attack in Burkina Faso

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By JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL
April 30, 2019

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MDN DIGITAL, April 29 - Armed attackers on board on seven motorbikes attacked a protestant church in Burkina Faso Sunday, killing a senior pastor, his 2 sons and 3 other worshippers, police authorities reported.

Burkina Faso is one of the countries in West Africa besiege by violence and unrest. The country is surrounded by 5 other countries such as Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast.

Police authorities said this is the first attack on a church in Burkina Faso since sectarian violence erupted in the country few years back. At least 7 armed attackers on board on motorbikes opened fire in the air and then pointed their guns to the worshippers who started going out from the church after a religious service Sunday.

Identities of those who have died are still unknown at press time and police authorities are still facing a blank who these attackers were. But some sources said Jihadists carried out the attacks on Sunday in a small town of Silgadji, which is near Djibo, known to be the capital Soum province.

The country, which is beset by radical extremism and sectarian violence, has been beset by the reported rise of attacks with some groups reportdly coming from border country Mali entered into the country.

Population in Burkina Faso are composed of 60 percent muslims, 25 percent were Christians and the rest are indigenous religions.

A number of groups were suspected of taking part of the Sunday attacks and these gropus were the Ansarul Islam, Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM), including those with links to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).


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