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4 killed in Burkina Faso church attack

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At least four people lost their lives after a group of heavily armed individuals attacked a in northern on Sunday morning.

"The Christian community of was the target of a terrorist attack gathered for Sunday prayers," quoted the of Ouahigouya, Justin Kientega, as saying in a statement.

"The attack left four of the faithful dead," the added.

The attack, which took place in the town of located 240 kilometres northwest of Ouagadougou, marked the latest in a string of assaults on Christian places of worship in the region.

"The attack caused panic in the village and many residents sought cover in their homes or in the bush," a local resident told

Last week, gunmen killed four Catholics in a religious procession, days after a and five others were murdered at mass.

However, no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks that threatened the existence of peaceful relations between majority Muslims and Christians, who make up one-quarter of the country.

The government of blamed unnamed armed groups operating in the country and Africa's surrounding Sahel region.

has deployed nearly 4,500 troops in Mali, Burkina Faso, and in a mission codenamed Barkhane to help the local forces combat armed groups operating in the region.

French Special Forces, this month, also freed four foreign hostages in the former French colony during an overnight raid that killed two soldiers.

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First Published: Mon, May 27 2019. 04:03 IST