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Burkina Faso: Eight people killed in an attack by suspected jihadists on baptism party

The Islamic insurgency that has victimized numerous Christians in neighboring countries is now spreading to Burkina Faso. Christians make up about 30% of the nation’s population, yet also like the persecution of Christians in neighboring countries, their persecution is escalating, and continues to be largely ignored by the international media and human rights operations.

For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Burkina Faso, see here.

“Eight killed in suspected jihadist attack in Burkina Faso,” AFP, June 28, 2022:

Eight people in eastern Burkina Faso have been killed in an attack by suspected jihadists on a baptism party, a security source and a local resident said on Tuesday.

“A terrorist attack” in the village of Sandiaga in Koulpelogo province “left eight civilians dead”, the security source said.

The toll was confirmed by a local resident, who said armed men burst into a baptism ceremony on Monday morning and opened fire.

On Sunday, six people died and two were injured in two villages in the northern province of Bam when carts carrying women were hit by roadside bombs, another security source said.

The landlocked Sahel state, one of the world’s poorest countries, is in the grip of a nearly seven-year-old jihadist insurgency.

Thousands of people have died and nearly two million have been driven from their homes….

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