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Gunmen attack Catholic church in Burkina Faso; 6 killed

Gunmen attack Catholic church in Burkina Faso; 6 killed

May 13th, 2019 in International News

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Authorities said gunmen have attacked a Catholic church in Burkina Faso, killing a priest and five worshippers.

The attack on Sunday took place in Dablo, about 124 miles from the capital, Ouagadougou.

West African’s Sahel region government spokesman Urbain Kabore said the gunmen also set fire to a health center and destroyed places serving alcohol.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the attacks bore the hallmarks of Islamic extremists who are known to be active in the area. An attack on a Protestant church about two weeks ago left six people dead.

Burkina Faso has been increasingly destabilized by jihadists from across the border in Mali.

Attacks have included the kidnapping of foreigners.