Burkina Faso: 6 Christian worshipers including priest, murdered by Muslim terrorists in church attack
A Catholic church in north-central Burkina Faso was attacked by Muslim terrorists on Sunday morning at the beginning of mass in the village of Dablo, leaving at least six worshipers, including the priest, murdered.
The terror attack is believed to have been carried out by a group of some twenty to thirty armed Muslim terrorists, according to a security source.
“They burned down the church, then shops and a small restaurant before going to the health center where they searched the premises and set fire to the head nurse’s vehicle,” a source said. “The city is filled with panic. People are holed up at home. Shops and stores are closed. It’s practically a ghost town.”
The attack comes two days after the release of four hostages including an American woman, in northern Burkina Faso by French special forces. Two French soldiers were killed in a dramatic raid.
France, the former colonial power in the region, intervened in Mali in 2013 against Muslim terrorists then occupying Mali’s north and has since kept about 4,500 troops in the Sahel.
The region has seen a spike in violence by terrorists linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS in past years, highlighting the difficulty international partners face in restoring stability.