Attack on a Catholic church in Burkina Faso, several dead

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — At least six people were killed in an attack on a Catholic church in north-central Burkina Faso, according to reports from security sources.

An attack targeting a Catholic church in Dablo, a commune in Sanmatenga province, northern Burkina Faso, which took place on Sunday, May 12, claimed the lives of six people, including a priest, AFP reported. local and safe sources.

“Around 9:00 am, during Mass, armed individuals burst into the Catholic Church. They started firing as the faithful tried to flee, “Dablo Mayor Ousmane Zongo told AFP.

According to him, the attackers were able to immobilize some faithful and “killed five [people, ed]”.

“The priest who was celebrating mass was also killed, bringing the death toll to six,” he added.

“They burned the church, then shops and a maquis [small restaurant or bar, ed] before going to the health center where they searched the premises and burned the vehicle of the head nurse”, has Mr. Zongo also said that there was a “panic” in the city.

“People are holed up at home, no activity is functional. Shops and shops are closed. It’s practically a dead city.”

According to a security source, the attack was carried out by a “group of armed men estimated between 20 and 30”.

The attack comes two days after the liberation in northern Burkina Faso of four hostages , including two French, by the French special forces.


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