An estimated 20 to 30 armed attackers stormed inside a Roman Catholic Church in Dablo that is a town located about 200 kilometers to the north of the capital of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou. A 34-year-old priest was among the one to be killed in the attack along with at least five other worshippers. The priest was killed while he was celebrating the morning mass.
The attackers not only fired at the panicked mass of people but also burned down several shops located in the surrounding area. They also looted a health care center before returning back to the church to set it on fire.
The Archbishop of the diocese of kaya, Theophile Nare, while paying tribute to the dead priest, expressed pain for those who lost their lives and also appealed for peace. He said the Priest, Rev. Simeon Yamp, who lost his life, was a humble and obedient man who was full of love; he also loved his parishioners for whom he served.
According to the preliminary news reports that attackers believed from the Islamist groups had asked the pastor of the Assembly of God and the others who were killed to convert themselves to Islam before killing them.
Previously four other people were also killed in a separate attack in the same area. Some of the Christians who lost their lives did not even have the opportunity of being asked to converting to Islam.
In Burkina Faso, the Muslims makes up at least 61% of the total population of 20 million residents and so far they had co-existed peacefully with the Christians of the country who constitute 30% of the population but now the Islamists seem to destabilize the Christian population.