At least 14 people have been killed after gunmen opened fire inside a Protestant church in Hantoukoura, near the border with Niger in the eastern part of Burkina Faso, Sunday.
Many people are injured. The victims included the pastor and children. The identity of the gunmen is not known and the motive is unclear. They fled on scooters after attack. Soldiers in the region were hunting down the assailants. Further details on the attack had yet to emerge. The area has come under attack over the past year from suspected jihadist groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said Sunday that he condemned “the barbaric attack.” Islamic extremists have been active in Burkina Faso since 2015.
Thousands of schools were forced to close down. Hundreds have been killed over the past year. The militants have forced 100,000 in Burkina Faso alone to flee their homes in recent months. Last month, gunmen opened fire on a convoy of buses carrying mine workers in the Est region, killing 39 people.