There’s no peace from the religion of peace.
At least 14 people including teenagers have been shot dead at a church in Burkina Faso during Sunday mass.
Several other people were wounded in the attack which took place in the village of Foutouri in the Est region of the country.
The identity of the gunmen is not yet clear but the area has come under attack over the past year from suspected jihadist groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State.
Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore tweeted: “I condemn the barbaric attack against the Protestant Church of Hantoukoura in the department of Foutouri, which left 14 dead and several wounded.
“I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded.”
At least part of this upsurge in violence was caused, indirectly, by Obama’s intervention in Libya. Libya destabilized Mali which has helped destabilize Burkina Faso. Domino theory may not be too popular, but it does play a role in international interventions.
Churches are typical targets of Islamic genocidal violence in Africa. While the mass murder of Christians through church attacks in Nigeria have received the most attention, this is one of a series of Islamic attacks on churches in Burkina Faso.
Here’s another one from earlier this year.
Gunmen burst into a church in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday and shot dead four people, a security source said. This is the fourth attack on Christians in the past month.
Other worshippers were wounded in the assault on the morning service at the church near the town of Titao in Burkina Faso, the source added.
And the violence will go on.
The Islamic persecution of Christians is motivated by religious prejudice. There is no escaping that reality and its consequences.