Gunmen kill six in second church attack in Burkina Faso

30 2018 shows Burkinabe gendarmes sitting on their vehicle in the city of Ouhigouya in the north of the country.- Two Burkinabe soldiers were killed and three wounded in the night

A priest was among those killed in the church attack.

Security and local reports confirmed that the April attack took place in Silgadji, 60 km from Djibo, the capital of Soum province in the north of the country.

Reuters reports that Burkina Faso was, at one time, well known for being a bastion of religious tolerance in Africa, but that that hs made it a prime target of jihadists who are looking to destabilize functioning governments on the continent, specifically "Burkina and the wider Sahel region".

In February, CNN reported that the United States was considering sending additional military advisers as well as intelligence and surveillance assets such as drones to Burkina Faso to help combat a growing terrorist threat. "They started firing as the congregation tried to flee", Ousmane Zongo, mayor of Dablo, said.

The attack comes two days after the release of four hostages in northern Burkina Faso by French special forces in a daring night-time raid. The hostages who were rescued, according to France, were a US citizen, a South Korean national, and French nationals Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas.

The attacks took place in Dablo located in the Sanmatenga Province in the country's center. The two groups generally live in peace and frequently intermarry. At least six people were killed, and a priest was among those who died. Over 350 people have been killed in the raids which have been attributed to a number of jihadist groups, including the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara and the Ansarul Islam group.

Germany will give an additional €20 million to Burkina Faso and over €35 million to Niger ($22.4 million and $39 million, respectively) to support development projects as well as the outfitting and training of police officers in each country, she said.

The growing boldness of jihadist fighters in the former French colony reflects the government's apparent inability to protect its citizens.

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