At least 14 people have been killed after gunmen opened fire inside a church in Burkina Faso. The victims were attending a service at a church in Hantoukoura, in the eastern part of the country on Sunday, BBC reports.
This year an Islamist insurgency has ignited ethnic and religious tensions in Burkina Faso, rendering large parts of the country ungovernable, especially in northern areas bordering restive Mali.
This was the sixth attack against Christians since the beginning of the year in the northeast of the country, bringing the number of Christians killed to 34. The attacks have affected the dioceses of Dori, Kaya and Ouahigouya. According to Bishop Dabiré interviewed by “Aid to The Church in Need“, the fundamentalists have stepped up their activities since 2015. “At first, they were only active in the frontier region between Mali and Niger. But slowly they have moved into the interior of the country, attacking the army, civil structures and the people. Today their main target appears to be the Christians and I believe they are trying to trigger an interreligious conflict,” the bishop said. Muslims comprise about 60 percent of the country’s population of 20 million; Christians, mostly Catholics, make up 30 percent.