New attack on Burkina Faso church claims life of priest, others

Burkina Faso church attack

MASSACRE The attack was carried out in the landlocked African country of Burkina Faso

Gunmen killed at least six Christians in a Catholic Church in the Burkinabe town of Dablo on Sunday.

"Armed individuals burst into the Catholic church..."

"Towards 9:00am, during mass, armed individuals burst into the Catholic Church", the mayor of Dablo, Ousmane Zongo, told worldwide press in a statement.

"The attackers opened fire on the faithful at the beginning of Mass in the village of Dablo, 90 km from Kaya", France24 radio reported early Sunday morning, adding that the group of gunman may have included as many as "twenty to thirty men".

The gunmen then set fire to the church, several shops and a small cafe before heading to the local health centre, which they looted, burning the chief nurse's vehicle.

It was the third attack on a church in five weeks in Burkina Faso, where Islamist extremist violence has quadrupled over the past two years. "It's practically a ghost town". "They made everyone lie down, executed five before torching the church".

The attack came two days after French special forces freed four foreign hostages in the north of the country in an overnight raid that cost the lives of two soldiers. In that message, Macron also identified the rescued hostages as French tourists Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas - who were abducted May 1 in Benin.

The other two hostages from the US and South Korean have not been named.

The attacks took place in Dablo located in the Sanmatenga Province in the country's center.

Violent organisations include the Ansarul Islam group, the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM) and Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.

But violence has only worsened since.

He added: "We would like to thank the French authorities and those of Burkina Faso for participating in our liberation, so that we are now very far from all this hell we have been through".

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