OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – At least 14 people were shot dead in an attack on a church in eastern Burkina Faso on Sunday morning, the government said.
The identities of the gunmen were not immediately clear, nor additional details about the attack, which took place in the village of Hantoukoura, near the border with Niger in the Eastern region. The armed forces of Burkina Faso were taking care of the injured and searching the area, the government said in a statement.
This year, an Islamist insurgency has caused ethnic and religious tensions in Burkina Faso, making much of the country ungovernable, especially in the northern areas that border the restless Mali.
The violence occurred on Sunday in an area known for banditry that has been attacked over the past year by suspected jihadist groups with al Qaeda and the Islamic State.
His moment, during the hours of worship, reflected other attacks against Christians this year, a new phenomenon in a West African country that has prided itself on its religious tolerance.
On November 6, armed men opened fire on a convoy of buses carrying miners in the Eastern region, killing 39.