On Sunday, May 26, 2019 another four people were killed at a Catholic church in northern Burkina Faso. This is the fourth in a series of attacks on Christian targets in the region, according to a bishop of the area and a security source.
"The Christian community of Toulfe was the target of a terrorist attack which gathered for Sunday prayers. The attack left four of the faithful dead," the Bishop of Ouahigouya, Justin Kientega, said in a statement.
"Heavily armed individuals attacked the church... as the faithful were celebrating Sunday mass" in the town of Toulfe, the source had said.
A local resident contacted by phone by AFP said the attack "caused panic in the village and many residents sought to seek cover in their homes or in the bush."
Last week gunmen killed four Catholics in a religious procession, the day after a priest and five parishioners were murdered at mass.
Burkina Faso's population is around two-thirds Muslim and one-third Christian.
Jihadist groups have been attacking Christian clerics as well as Muslim who are not as radical.
France has deployed 4,500 troops in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad in a mission codenamed Barkhane to help local forces.
Edited from Vanguard- VaticanNews- Aljazeera
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