Gunmen have killed four Catholics and burnt a statue of the Virgin Mary in an attack on a religious procession in northern Burkina Faso, church officials have said.
According to BBC, The attack in the town of Ouahigouya occurred on Monday, the killings came a day after a group of 20-30 armed men, according to witnesses, burst into the Catholic church in Dablo, also in the Nord Region of Burkina Faso, shooting dead five parishioners and their priest.
The attackers set fire to the church, several shops and a small cafe before heading to the health centre, which they looted, burning the chief nurse’s vehicle.
Monday attack, Worshippers were moving through Ouahigouya when “a group of terrorists intercepted the procession, killing four worshippers and burning the statue,” a spokesman for the Ouagadougou Cathedral was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.
In an address to bishops in Burkina Faso’s capital on Tuesday, Paul Ouedraogo said a priest in neighbouring Niger had also been shot and wounded in an attack on Monday.
“All of this indicates that our West African region is strongly troubled,” he said, Reuters news agency reported.
It is the third attack on Christians in two weeks in the West African nation increasingly overrun by jihadists. On April 29, a Protestant church was attacked, killing a Protestant pastor along with five faithful in Silgadji, in the province of Soum. The attackers then fled by motorbike to Mali, whose border is only a hundred kilometres away.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis expressed his pain over an attack by gunmen on a Catholic church. The interim director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Alessandro Gisotti, has posted a tweet expressing the grief of Pope Francis. He said, “The Holy Father has learned with sorrow about the news of the attack on the church in Dablo, Burkina Faso. He prays for the victims, for their families and for the entire Christian community in the country.”