Islamist Militants Kill Christians in Burkina Faso

06/09/2020 Burkina Faso (The Christian Post) – Armed Islamic militants killed 58 people in attacks in Northern Burkina Faso on May 29 and May 30. Some experts of the conflict in Burkina Faso have said that the attacks targeted Christians and humanitarian workers serving IDP camps in the region. The attacks took the lives of at least 58 people, including children. They took place in the provinces of Loroum, Kompienga and Sanmatenga within 24 hours.

A survivor speaing with a member of the UK based group Barnabus Fund mentioned that the attack in Sanmatenga province left six civilians and seven soldiers dead. He also added, “The driver shouted ‘forgive, forgive, we are also followers of the [Islamic] prophet Muhammad.’ One of them [among the gunmen] turned to the other attackers and said, ‘they have the same religion with us.’” The attack then ended and no one else was killed.

Apart from the attack in Sanmatenga, militants opened fire indiscriminately at a cattle market in Kompienga on May 30, killing at least 30 people. The day before, a convoy of traders, which included children, was attacked while traveling from Titao to Sollé in Loroum province. Dozens were injured in the three attacks.

Last December, at least 14 people were killed when gunmen stormed a Protestant church service in the town of Hantoukoura near the border with Niger. Last April, gunmen killed a Protestant pastor and five other Christians who were leaving a worship service in Silgadji.

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