A soldiers patrol in Burkina Faso towards a refugee camp, February 3, 2020. - AFP
At least 24 people were killed and 18 injured in a jihadist attack on a protestant church in the village of Pansi in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday, the governor of the Sahel region, Colonel Salfo Kaboré, announced on Monday. .
“The provisional report shows 24 people murdered, including the pastor of a Protestant church. We also deplore 18 wounded and abducted people, "wrote Colonel Kaboré, in a statement sent to AFP. A previous assessment reported at least ten killed.
"An armed terrorist group carried out an attack on a church in the village of Pansi while worshipers were celebrating Sunday worship," a security source told AFP.
4,000 people killed in 2019
On February 10, a jihadist group burst into the town of Sebba before kidnapping seven people from a pastor's home. Three days later, five people, including the pastor, were found dead, while the other two, women, were found unharmed, according to the governor of the Sahel region.
Several imams have also been murdered by jihadists in northern Burkina Faso since the attacks began four years ago. These attacks have become increasingly frequent and deadly.
These attacks in this country bordering Mali and Niger, have left around 750 dead and 600,000 displaced since 2015. According to the UN, 4,000 people were killed in 2019 in jihadist attacks in these three countries.
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