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Attack on religious procession kills 4 in Burkina Faso

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Four people were killed when a Catholic was attacked by unidentified armed men in Zimtenga here, church authorities said on Wednesday.

Paul Ouedraogo, of the Episcopal Conference of and told that a statue of the Virgin Mary was also burned by the assailants during the attack.

Even though the children in the were set free by the attackers, four adults were killed.

This comes a day after gunmen opened fire on worshipers in a in Dablo, killing six people, including a

"We will not be bogged down by the religious attacks," Cardinal said at a conference here on Tuesday.

Crimes against people from the Christian faith are on the rise in the land-locked African country, with five churchgoers having lost their lives during an attack in Burkina Faso's Silgadji in April this year.

International NGOs have reported that thousands have fled their homes due to rising attacks by armed groups this year.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 02:46 IST
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