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10/07/2021 Burkina Faso (International Christian Concern) – 14 Burkina Faso soldiers were killed, and several others were injured on Monday by extremists at the Yirgou military barracks, according to a government statement.

Minister of Defense Aime Barthelemy Simpore said that the soldiers showed “great combativeness” during the fighting that began at 5am, when the soldiers were targeted by a large number of heavily armed men.

“We are totally devastated because of what happened,” Abdoulaye Pafadnam, the mayor of nearby Barsalogho town, told the Associated Press by phone. “Many defense and security forces were sent to cover the area, and it was very encouraging to see that. We did not think that such an attack would happen in our zone….But when 12 [now 14] soldiers get killed and equipment is taken away, it creates a big fear,‘’ he said.

“Several terrorists were neutralized during the response,” said Simpore, adding that the soldiers’ had a “great fighting spirit”.

While Burkina Faso was once seen as a harmonious nation of religious tolerance, a jihadist uprising has plagued the country as well as the rest of Africa’s Sahel region since 2015. Civilians are subject to grave acts of violence and human rights violations at the hands of extremist groups, who often target Christians, their leaders, and places of worship.

Please continue to pray for Burkina Faso and for the end of Islamic extremism. Pray for those who engage in horrendous crimes against humanity, that they will experience the love of Jesus and be guided from darkness to light. Please also pray for the Lord to protect and strengthen the persecuted church, and to provide healing to all of those affected by violence.

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