Burkina Faso: 6 killed in church shooting

At least six people, including a priest, were killed after gunmen opened fire at congregants outside a Catholic church in Burkina Faso on Sunday.

According to The Hill, people were exiting the church around 9 am (local time) in the town of Dablo, when around 20 men circled them and opened fire.

"These terrorist groups are now attacking religion with the macabre aim of dividing us," said a statement issued by the government.

However, no individual/group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

The latest shooting comes just two days after five teachers were shot dead by unknown assailants.

In a similar incident, motorbike-borne attackers opened fire in a Protestant church on April 30, leaving six people dead, including a pastor.

Recently, French armed forces rescued four hostages- an American, two French citizens and a South Korean national. However, two French soldiers died in an overnight raid.

The West African nation is currently prone to Islamist attacks, government officials have said. Adding to that, it shares a border with volatile Mali, where tensions among various religious groups is an all-time high.

In December last year, the government declared a state of emergency in several northern provinces bordering Mali fearing attacks.


(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel