Fourteen members of the same Christian family, including five boys, were shot dead in an Islamist extremist attack on a church in southeast Burkina Faso during Sunday morning worship on 1 December.
The pastor was killed, leaving only one male survivor in the church’s congregation. ‘Eighty members were gathered there [at the service] including 15 men, the rest were women and young children. Of the 15 men, 14 were killed in cold blood on the spot.’
CAR: shot dead
Two pastors were shot dead by Muslim militants as they travelled together by car after a Christmas service on 25 December.
Pastor Paul Djirobe was driving from his church in Batangafo to Bouca to the home of Pastor Michael Radjino, a visiting coordinator of a group of evangelical churches, when they were attacked by Seleka jihadists. Both men were shot in the head. Militants continued shooting, preventing efforts to recover the bodies. The men had to be buried later at the scene of the attack.
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