Troubling news surfaced this week in Burkina Faso: “This was an attack on a baptism service, specifically targeting Christians. It is believed that it was radical Muslims [who attacked], possibly affiliated with the Islamic State,” The Voice of the Martyrs USA spokesman Todd Nettleton says.
“At least 15 people were killed; many others have fled.”
It’s the latest in a string of attacks targeting Tin-Akoff in northern Burkina Faso. “Within the last month, in this part of Burkina Faso, we’ve seen several attacks where civilians were killed,” Nettleton says.
Two Spanish journalists were among more than 50 people killed during one week in April, the Associated Press reports.
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“[Tuesday’s] attack happened a few miles from the border with Mali. We have seen radical groups coming across [the] border and conducting attacks like this, and then going back into Mali,” Nettleton says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that God will bring peace and restoration to Burkina Faso.
- Pray for those involved in evangelism, discipleship and church planting, which continue despite Islamist attacks.
- Pray for unity and wisdom among those facing persecution.