Six people died on Sunday, April 28, 2019 during the attack on a church in northern Burkina Faso. A Jihadist group is responsible for the attack on a church. "A pastor (two of his sons and three other worshippers) and five faithful lost their lives in this assault led by an unidentified commando," said Rémy Fulgance Dandjinou. Burkina Faso is a small land-locked country in the west of Africa.
Jihadists have attacked many Christians since 2015.
France 24 wrote, "The attack took place around 13:00, when the faithful left the church at the end of the religious service." "The attackers were on motorbikes firing in the air before targeting the faithful," said a witness.
Since 2015 there have been about 350 deaths, according to an AFP count.
In a separate incident on Friday, six people, including five teachers, were killed in Maïtaougou, a town in Kulpélogo province in the eastern region.
In March, Father Joel Yougbaré, priest of Djibo, in the north of the country, was kidnapped by armed individuals. His body was found near Djibo, according to residents of the city. The fighters are usually affiliated to al-Qaeda, the Islamic State group as well as the local Ansarul Islam.
Pope Francis expressed his prayers and sorrow for the victims:
The ad interim Director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, told Vatican News: "The Holy Father has learned with sorrow the news of a new attack on a church in Burkina Faso” and that he is praying “for the victims and their families and the entire Christian community in the country”.