Gunmen killed six folks such as a priest outdoors a Catholic church in Burkina Faso on Sunday, a nearby official stated, the second attack on Christians in two weeks in a nation increasingly overrun by jihadists.

Congregants had been leaving church about 9 a.m. nearby time when about 20 men encircled them and shot six dead, according to local sources.

The attackers then burned the church, looted a pharmacy and some other folks stores and left, Dablo Mayor Ousmane Zongo told Reuters. Dablo in the northern area of the landlocked nation. The government statement only talked about the burning of a shop and two autos. 

Burkina Faso, in West Africa, has been beset by a rise in attacks in 2019 as groups with hyperlinks to the group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda primarily based in neighbouring Mali seek to extend their influence more than the porous borders of the Sahel, the arid scrubland south of the Sahara.

The government declared a state of emergency in various northern provinces bordering Mali in December mainly because of deadly Islamist attacks.

But violence has only worsened considering that. Two French soldiers had been killed in an operation to rescue 4 folks taken hostage in Burkina Faso final week, France stated. 

Roughly 55 per cent to 60 per cent of Burkina Faso’s population is Muslim, with up to a quarter Christian. The two groups commonly reside in peace and often intermarry.

Then in late April, unidentified gunmen killed a pastor and 5 congregants at a Protestant church, also in the north, suggesting the violence was taking a religious turn.