The president of Burkina Faso confirmed on Twitter Sunday that more than a dozen people had been killed in a terrorist attack on a Protestant church in the city of Hantoukoura.
In a tweet, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré condemned the “barbaric” attack and extended his sympathies to families of the victims.
“I condemn the barbaric attack on the Protestant Church of Hantoukoura in the department of Foutouri which left 14 dead and several wounded. I extend my deepest condolences to the grieving families and wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” he tweeted, according to a translation.
Je condamne l’attaque barbare contre l’Église protestante de Hantoukoura dans le département de Foutouri qui a fait 14 morts et plusieurs blessés.
Je présente mes condoléances les plus attristées aux familles éplorées et souhaite prompt rétablissement aux blessés. RK
— Roch KABORE (@rochkaborepf) December 1, 2019
The identity of the attackers was not immediately clear, but the African nation has suffered attacks from Islamic extremist groups for years and in September was the site of an attack where two dozen soldiers were killed by extremists, with the Islamic State’s (ISIS) west Africa affiliate claiming responsibility at the time.