AFRICA/BURKINA FASO – At least 15 dead in Catholic church attack

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AFRICA/BURKINA FASO – At the least 15 lifeless in Catholic church assault

Ouagadougou (Agenzia Fides) – The small remaining group of Catholic devoted who had gathered for Sunday prayers below the management of a catechist have been gathered yesterday, Sunday, February 25, in Essakane, a village 45 km from Dori, within the Sahel area in north-eastern Burkina Faso, sufferer of a jihadist assault. The village of Essakane is positioned within the so-called “three borders” space, on the border between Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, a stronghold of jihadist teams. The Bishop of Dori, Laurent Dabiré, confirmed to Fides: “The assault passed off on Sunday, February 25, at round 8:30 a.m. The jihadists broke into the chapel the place Sunday prayers have been going down below the path of a catechist. Actually, since 2018, nearly all of the devoted have been compelled to flee because of the violence of jihadist teams. Only some folks stay who, within the absence of a everlasting priest, collect on Sundays for a communal prayer led by a catechist. “The jihadists shot on the males and spared the ladies,” reviews Bishop Dabiré, “twelve died on the spot, three extra succumbed to their accidents within the native clinic. Two others have been injured”. The assertion, signed by Fr. Jean-Pierre Sawadogo, vicar-general of Dori, calls on the devoted “to hope, in these painful circumstances, for the everlasting repose of those that have died within the religion, for the therapeutic of the wounded and for the comfort of those that mourn”. “Allow us to pray for the conversion of those that proceed to sow loss of life in our land,” the assertion continued, “Could our efforts of penance and prayer on this blessed Lent convey us peace and safety for Burkina Faso.” Additionally on Sunday, February 25, dozens of Muslim worshipers have been killed in an assault on a mosque in Natiaboani, jap Burkina Faso, based on the AFP information company. “Gunmen attacked a mosque in Natiaboani round 5 a.m. on Sunday, killing a number of dozen folks,” a safety supply mentioned. “The victims are all Muslims, largely males, who had gathered within the mosque to hope,” mentioned a witness on the scene. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 26/2/2024)



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