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11/07/2019 Burkina Faso (International Christian Concern) – Yesterday morning, gunmen attacked a convoy driving to a gold mine in Burkina Faso. The attackers have not yet been identified, but they are likely connected with the large network of Islamic extremist groups that have found a safe haven in the North of the country.

The target of the attack was a convoy of buses moving workers to the local mine. The buses were escorted by military vehicles as the company who operates the mine, Canadian gold mining company Semafo, has already been attacked before. This attack took the lives of 37 people and injured dozens of others. It is the deadliest attack in the country over the past five years of active Jihadists activity. The previous worst attack was in June 2016, when a hotel in Ouagadougou was attacked killing 30.

Though the targets of this attack were not due to their faith, it shows that the strength of these groups are continuing to grow in the small West African country. This attack, so far in the south, shows that they are able to operate throughout the country, and can take on the country’s military. Only about 30 percent of the country is Christian, which means that they are very vulnerable to an increasingly hostile landscape. Please pray for those of our brothers and sisters in Burkina Faso who may be targeted or who have already been affected by this hatred.

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