Gunmen have killed six folks together with a priest as Mass was being celebrated in a church in Dablo in northern Burkina Faso, officers say.
The attackers, mentioned to quantity between 20 and 30, then burned down the church.
The city’s mayor, Ousmane Zongo, mentioned that there was panic as different buildings have been burned down and a well being centre looted.
Jihadist violence has flared in Burkina Faso since 2016, and that is the third assault on a church in 5 weeks.
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What’s Burkina Faso like?
How did the assault unfold?
It started at about 09:00 (GMT and native time), throughout Mass.
The mayor of Dablo, Mr Zongo informed the AFP information company: “Armed people burst into the Catholic church… They began firing because the congregation tried to flee.
“There’s an environment of panic within the city. Individuals are holed up of their properties, nothing is occurring. The retailers and shops are closed. It is virtually a ghost city,” he mentioned.
Safety sources informed AFP that reinforcements have been being despatched from Barsalogho, some 45km (30 miles) to the south.
Who might be behind the assault?
Islamist teams have been blamed for various assaults within the West African nation in recent times.
Fighters affiliated to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group in addition to the native Ansarul Islam have been lively within the area.
Final month, attackers focused a Protestant church within the city of Silgadji, killing not less than six folks
And earlier in April, 4 folks died when a Catholic church was attacked in a close-by village, the bishop of Dori in northern Burkina Faso informed Vatican information company Fides.
Colleges and lecturers have additionally been focused by the teams, who’re against Western schooling.
On Friday, French particular forces carried out a rescue mission in northern Burkina Faso, liberating 4 hostages.
It’s believed the 4 – two French residents kidnapped in Benin, a South Korean and an American – have been being pushed to Mali to be handed over to the militant group, Katiba Macina. Two French troopers died through the mission.
What is the wider image?
Burkina Faso is amongst nations within the huge Sahel area battling Islamist insurgencies within the area.
It fashioned a regional drive, G5 Sahel, together with Niger, Chad, Mauritania and Mali to tackle the militants.
In January, PM Paul Kaba Thieba resigned amid rising strain over an increase in kidnappings and jihadist assaults, and Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré was named his alternative.
France, a former colonial ruler within the area, has some four,500 troops in 4 nations finishing up a mission codenamed Barkhane to counter jihadists.
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