14 killed in Burkina Faso's eastern region

Cheryl Sanders
December 2, 2019

Fourteen people were killed in an attack on Sunday on a church in eastern Burkina Faso where places of worship have suffered a string of Islamist assaults this year, the regional government said.

President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré confirmed the attack in a tweet later Sunday.

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Kabore offered his "deepest condolences to the bereaved families" and wished "a speedy recovery to the wounded". Burkinabe armed forces were caring for the wounded and searching the area, the government said in a statement.

The identity of the gunmen was not immediately clear and further details had yet to emerge.

Hundreds of people have been killed in the country over the past few years, mostly by jihadist groups, sparking ethnic and religious tensions especially on the border with Mali.

Once deemed amongst the calmest countries in West Africa, deadly attacks linked to Islamic insurgents have worsened in Burkina Faso since 2015. The incident also mirrors a rising attack on Christians in west African countries where Islamic insurgents run loose.

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