15 Dead In Burkina Faso Church Attack

At least 15 people have been reportedly killed and two injured following an attack on a Catholic church in north-eastern region of Burkina Faso on Sunday.

The attack took place during Sunday worship in Essakane village in Oudalan province, close to the border with Mali.

A church official indicated the gunmen were suspected Islamist militants.

There was no immediate response from the authorities in the West African country’s capital, Ouagadougou.

In a statement by the head of the local diocese, Abbot Jean-Pierre Sawadogo, it was stated that 12 people were killed instantly, while three others died at the hospital.

“In this painful circumstance, we invite you to pray for those who died in faith, for the healing of the wounded, and for the consolidation of grieving hearts,” the statement read.

It is the latest atrocity in the country to be attributed to Islamist militants and more than a third of Burkina Faso is currently under the control of insurgents.

The authorities have been battling Islamist groups linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State, which have taken over large swathes of land and displaced millions of people in the Sahel region.

In the last three years, churches have been targeted and scores of worshippers killed.

Chioma Kalu