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Jihadists suspected of killing 15 Christians during baptism celebration

by Kelly Valencia

A group of Islamic extremist are suspected to have ambushed, opened fire and killed 15 people during a baptism celebration in Burkina Faso. 

Colonel Salfo Kabor, governor of Burkina's Sahel region, reported the attack occurred in the Oudalan province, close to the Mali border earlier this month according to persecution watchdog International Christian Concern (ICC).
Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, it is suspected either Al-Qaeda or the so-called Islamic State are responsible, as there has been a rise in violence linked to these groups in West Africa. 

"Burkina Faso, once seen as a harmonious nation of religious tolerance, has been infiltrated by jihadist and militia groups known to commit grave acts of violence and human rights violations," ICC said. 

Since 2019, Christians in the country have suffered constant attacks on their homes and churches forcing many to flee. There are even reports that there are no open churches left in parts of the country, according to Open Doors.

"Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Burkina Faso and ask the Lord to protect Christians living in these persecuted areas," ICC concluded. 

Burkina Faso ranks 32 in Open Doors' list of countries where Christians are persecuted the most.  

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