A group of attackers killed several worshipers during a service at a catholic church in Burkina Faso,
Shortly after the service had begun, 20 men surrounded and shot six people dead.
The attackers went on to burn down the church, setting fire also to a shop nearby and two vehicles.
UN Officials have condemned the deadly attack which killed a priest and five others in the North of the country.
According to report, The incident took place in the village of Dablo, located in a region that has seen an upsurge in violence in recent months
UN Secretary general Guterres urged “all citizens of Burkina Faso to stand firmly with one another across communities”.
The UN chief advised them against buying into attempts by the perpetrators and their sponsors to sow discord and breed further violence.He also recollected the sanctity of all places of worship and expressed his hopes the perpetrators can be quickly brought to justice
President of the UN General Assembly, Ms Maria Espinosa, also expressed outrage and said the killers must be held accountable, adding that, “We cannot tolerate hatred. The fundamental right of religious freedom must be respected everywhere”.
Also reacting, the UN Resident Coordinator in Burkina Faso, Mrs Metsi Makhetha, also reacted and condemned the “heinous attacks”.She offered her condolences to the families of victims
The UN said the attacks occurred just days after its humanitarian officials, including Makhetha, warned of an “unprecedented” rise in “enlightened armed attacks in the
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said the development was putting the future of a “whole generation” at stake.
“Violence is escalating in Mali and Niger, as well as Burkina Faso, and risks revealing over into other West African countries.
OCHA said “This has led to a five-fold rise in the displacement of the local population in the last 12 months, who have seen more than 330,000 people leave their homes, in addition to 100,000 refugees,”
According to Makhetha, “ISIS-inspired” armed groups, threaten to destabilize longstanding traditional methods of community-based conflict resolution.
“The UN, partner humanitarian organisations and governments have stepped up operations.