Gunmen have killed 6 folks such as a priest as Mass was staying celebrated in a church in Dablo in northern Burkina Faso, officials say.
The attackers, claimed to range among 20 and 30, then burned down the church.
The town’s mayor, Ousmane Zongo, explained that there was panic as other properties were being burned down and a health and fitness centre looted.
Jihadist violence has flared in Burkina Faso since 2016, and this is the 3rd assault on a church in 5 months.
How did the assault unfold?
It began at about 09:00 (GMT and community time), during Mass.
The mayor of Diablo, Mr Zongo explained to the AFP news agency: “Armed persons burst into the Catholic church… They started out firing as the congregation experimented with to flee.
“There is an atmosphere of panic in the town. Persons are holed up in their residences, absolutely nothing is heading on. The outlets and stores are closed. It’s nearly a ghost town,” he said.
Protection sources told AFP that reinforcements were remaining despatched from Barsalogho, some 45km (30 miles) to the south.
A community journalist explained to the BBC those people killed incorporated church elders and that people ended up offended that soldiers in a nearby base did not reply immediately.
Who could be guiding the assault?
Islamist groups have been blamed for a amount of attacks in the West African country in current years.
Fighters affiliated to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group, as properly as the community Ansarul Islam, have been energetic in the region.
Last thirty day period, attackers targeted a Protestant church in the city of Silgadji, killing at least 6 persons
And earlier in April, four persons died when a Catholic church was attacked in a close by village, the bishop of Dori in northern Burkina Faso told Vatican information agency Fides.
Educational institutions and instructors have also been specific by the groups, who are opposed to Western training.
On Friday, French distinctive forces carried out a rescue mission in northern Burkina Faso, liberating four hostages.
It is considered the 4 – two French citizens kidnapped in Benin, a South Korean and an American – have been being driven to Mali to be handed over to the militant team, Katiba Macina. Two French troopers died throughout the mission.
What is actually the wider image?
Burkina Faso is among the countries in the large Sahel location battling Islamist insurgencies in the region.
It shaped a regional power, G5 Sahel, along with Niger, Chad, Mauritania and Mali to choose on the militants.
In January, PM Paul Kaba Thieba resigned amid expanding pressure above a increase in kidnappings and jihadist assaults, and Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré was named his alternative.
France, a former colonial ruler in the location, has some 4,500 troops in four nations carrying out a mission codenamed Barkhane to counter-jihadists.