Burkina Faso: Gunmen open fire inside church, kill at least 14


Jihadists attacked a Protestant church in Burkina Faso on Sunday, leaving 14 worshippers killed as threats of violence escallate across the Francophone country. Burkinabe armed forces were caring for the wounded and searching the area, government said in a statement.

The identities of the gunmen were not immediately clear, nor additional details about the attack, which took place in the village of Hantoukoura, near the border with Niger in the Eastern region.

"This attack unfortunately left 14 dead and many wounded", it said.

Soldiers are hunting for the attackers who fled on motor scooters after gunning down worshipers during a Sunday mass.

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The attack took place near the West African country's border with Niger, a troubled area where numerous extremist groups are now active.

Christians make up one-third of Burkina Faso's population.

In May, gunmen stormed a Catholic church in Dablo, a rural community about 100 kilometres north of the town of Kaya in the country's north-east, killing six people.

In a story December 2 about an attack in Burkina Faso, The Associated Press reported erroneously that an attack on a convoy carrying employees of a mining company occurred in October.