At least 14 people have been killed by gunmen who opened fire inside a Protestant church in Burkina Faso during Sunday morning service, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore confirmed Sunday. Several more were also injured in the attack.
On Twitter, the country's president said:
I condemn the barbaric attack against the Protestant Church of Hantoukoura in the department of Foutouri, which left 14 dead and several wounded. I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded.
Hantoukoura, the town in which the attack occurred, is in an area that has seen an increase in bloodshed in the past year specifically from jihadist groups with links to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.
? Christians all over the West African nation have increasingly been targeted in recent years for deadly attacks by various groups of Islamic terrorists.
Burkina Faso's population is about two-thirds Muslim and one-third Christian.