Dozens of people died in the attack on a mosque in Burkina Faso

According to security sources, dozens of people lost their lives in an attack on a mosque in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Gunmen opened fire on worshipers in the eastern town of Natiaboani in the early hours of Sunday morning, AFP news agency reported Monday from a source within the security forces. Accordingly, “several dozen” people were killed.

“The victims were all Muslims, mostly men who had gathered to pray in the mosque,” said a local resident. Another eyewitness at the scene reported that the attackers surrounded the mosque and then opened fire on worshipers. Among the dead was “an important religious leader.”

Natiaboani is a rural community about 60 kilometers south of Fada N’Gourma, the capital of the Est region, that has been subject to repeated attacks by armed groups for several years. Since 2015, Burkina Faso has been regularly rocked by jihadist violence attributed to groups linked to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Also on Sunday, at least 15 people were killed in a suspected jihadist attack during a mass held in a Catholic church in the north of the country.


Source: Vienna


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