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ICC Note: Two Christian Leader and their families were abducted in Burkina Faso over the past two weeks. They were believed to have been taken by an Islamic extremist organization known to be in the area.

06/06/2018 Burkina Faso (World Watch Monitor) – A Christian pastor and three members of his family have been kidnapped in Burkina Faso’s north-eastern province of Soum, two weeks after the kidnapping of another Christian leader and his wife.

Pierre Boena, a pastor with an Assembly of God church, was kidnapped during the evening of Sunday 3 June in his village of Bilhore, local sources told World Watch Monitor. Three members of his family – his son, his daughter-in-law and his granddaughter – were also abducted.

The circumstances of the kidnapping are not yet known, but Islamist militants are known to be active in the region.

Previously, on 20 May, a catechist at the parish of Arbinda (40km from Bilhore), was kidnapped, along with his wife, who tried to resist the attack.

The village of Bilhore is just 100km from Djibo, where an Australian couple were kidnapped 18 months ago. Ken and Jocelyn Elliott, had run a 120-bed clinic for 40 years until their abduction in January 2016. Jocelyn was released a month later, but her husband remains in captivity.

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