Burkina Faso church attack sees priest and sons slaughtered as six killed after Muslim terrorists on motorbikes stormed congregation with guns.
Express (h/t Maurice) Jihadis entered the church in the town of Silgadji near Djibo, located in the West African province of Soum and shot dead the six people towards the end of the Sunday service. Priest Pierre Ouedraogo was killed in the horror attack, as well as his two sons, BBC Africa reports. A church member said: “The attack happened around 1pm, just as the faithful were leaving the church at the end of the service.
Burkina Faso has seen a spike in killings by Muslim jihadists, though Sunday’s horrific shooting is the first instance a where an attack took place in a church in the small town. Burkina Faso is part of the vast Sahel region, which has turned into a hotbed of violent Islamic extremism and lawlessness since chaos engulfed Libya in 2011.
A report submitted to the UN Security Council last year warned that security had ‘deteriorated rapidly over the last six months’ in the area between Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, with attacks spreading to eastern Burkina Faso.
According to an official report in September, 229 people had been killed in Islamist attacks in Burkina Faso since 2015, and the number has increased since then.