Gunmen kill 24 in attack on Burkina Faso church

  • Tuesday 18, February 2020 08:20 AM
  • Gunmen kill 24 in attack on Burkina Faso church
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Gunmen killed twenty-four people, including a pastor, in an attack on a church during Sunday mass in northwestern Burkina Faso, four security sources on Monday.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack, which comes as groups with links to al Qaeda and Daesh seek to gain control over once peaceful rural Burkina Faso, fuelling ethnic and religious conflict.

Hundreds have died over the past year, and over half a million people have fled their homes.

The timing of the shooting, during a church service in the village of Pansi in the Yagha region, mirrors that of other attacks on Christians in the past year, including church attacks and assassinations of pastors and priests.

Armed assailants "attacked the peaceful residents of this area after identifying them and separating them from non-residents," the government said in a statement on Monday.

It said 18 people were also injured in the attack and an unknown number were kidnapped. It added that a pastor was killed but did not specify that the attack occurred in a church during mass.