Attack on Burkina Faso Church Leaves 15 Dead, 2 Injured
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso — A brutal attack on a Catholic church in the northeastern region of Burkina Faso on Sunday has resulted in the reported death of at least 15 people and left two others injured. The assault occurred during Sunday worship in Essakane village, situated in the Oudalan province near the Mali border.

Suspected Islamist militants are believed to be responsible for the attack, according to a statement by a church official. The gunmen stormed the church during the worship service, and there was no immediate response from authorities in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Abbot Jean-Pierre Sawadogo, head of the local diocese, provided details of the tragedy, stating that 12 people lost their lives instantly, while three others succumbed to their injuries 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.

This incident is the latest in a series of atrocities attributed to Islamist militants in Burkina Faso. Over a third of the country is currently under the control of insurgents, as the authorities continue to grapple with Islamist groups associated with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. These groups have seized significant portions of land, leading to the displacement of millions of people in the Sahel region.

In the past three years, churches in Burkina Faso have been targeted, with numerous worshippers killed in these attacks. The ongoing violence poses a significant challenge to the nation’s security and stability, prompting increased efforts by the government to counter the influence of extremist groups in the region.

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