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At Least 24 Killed in Burkina Faso Church Attack

Violence Came as Worshippers Gathered for Sunday Services

Unidentified armed individuals attacked the Evangelical church in the village of Pansi, located not far from Sebba, in the province of Yahgha, in northern Burkina Faso, on Sunday, February 16, 2020, killing at least 24 people and injuring about ten, said Fides News Agency.

The attack took place on Sunday morning when the faithful were gathered in the church for Sunday worship. The perpetrators arrived by motorbike and opened fire on the faithful, then they left with the pastor and other hostages.
On February 10, a jihadist group stormed the city of Sebba and kidnapped seven people in the house of a Protestant pastor. Three days later, five of them, including the pastor, were found dead while the other two, women, were found unharmed.

In addition to Catholic priests and Protestant pastors, several imams have also been murdered by jihadists in northern Burkina Faso since the attacks started four years ago. In October, the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Kaboré, made an appeal not to fall into the trap of confessional war.

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