The president of the West African nation of Burkina Faso has confirmed that 14 people were killed in an attack on a Protestant church in the countryâ€™s east.
Going on Twitter, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said Sunday that he condemned â€œthe barbaric attackâ€ in the town of Hantoukoura. He said several people also were wounded.
Kabore offered his â€œdeepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded.â€
Islamic extremists have been active in Burkina Faso since 2015. Jihadists have attacked police stations and churches across the countryâ€™s north but also recently have struck in the east.
In October, gunmen generally believed to be Islamic extremists attacked a convoy carrying employees of a mining company in that region, killing at least 37 people.