Published: Mon, December 02, 2019

At least 14 killed in attack on Burkina Faso church

At least 14 killed in attack on Burkina Faso church

Unknown gunmen opened fire on a church in eastern Burkina Faso Sunday, killing at least 14 people.

The victims were attending a service at a church in Hantoukoura, in the eastern part of the country on Sunday.

A statement from the regional government said that many people are injured.

The poor West African country has suffered a series of attacks on Christian targets since February, leaving 21 dead before Sunday's attack.

Jihadist attacks have increased in Burkina Faso since 2015, forcing thousands of schools to close down.

Jihadist groups target Christian clerics as well as Muslim ones they do not consider sufficiently radical in a country where traditionally the two religions have co-existed peaceably.

Burkina Faso was once a pocket of calm in the Sahel, but violence since 2018 has killed hundreds and forced about a million people to flee from their homes.

In a story December 2 about an attack in Burkina Faso, The Associated Press reported erroneously that an attack on a convoy carrying employees of a mining company occurred in October.

The attack took place near the West African country's border with Niger, a troubled area where numerous extremist groups are now active.

The country's fight against Islamist militants however seems to be struggling to succeed.

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