April 29, 2019 / 2:13 PM / a year ago

Six killed in church attack in northern Burkina Faso

DAKAR (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen killed one pastor and five congregants in an attack on a Protestant church in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday, government spokesman Remy Fulgance Dandjinou said on Monday.

Burkina Faso has been beset by rising Islamist violence this year, but the attack was the first of its kind on a church in the religiously tolerant West African country, Dandjinou told Reuters.

Reporting by Sofia Christensen; Editing by Edward McAllister

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