16 worshippers killed in Burkina Faso mosque attack
Published: 12:04 PM, 13 October 2019 Updated: 12:07 PM, 13 October 2019
At least 16 people were killed and two others seriously injured as armed men stormed a mosque in the volatile north of Burkina Faso.
According to international Media, gunmen entered the Grand Mosque in the village of Salmossi on Friday evening as those inside were praying.
One source said 13 people died at the scene and three succumbed to their injuries later. Two of the wounded are in critical condition.
The attack forced many locals to flee the village which is close to the Malian border.
One resident from the nearby town of Gorom-Gorom told AFP news agency: "Since this morning, people have started to flee the area." He added that there was a "climate of panic despite military reinforcements" put in place following the attack.
No group has admitted carrying out the attack. However, hundreds of people have been killed in the country over the past few years, mostly by militant groups. Militant group attacks have increased in Burkina Faso since 2015, forcing thousands of schools to close down.
The conflict spread across the border from neighbouring Mali where Islamist militants took over the north of the country in 2012 before French troops pushed them out.
The UN Refugee agency says more than a quarter of a million people in Burkina Faso have been forced to flee their homes over the past three months.
Last week, 20 people were killed in an attack on a gold-mining site in the north.
On Saturday, about 1,000 people protested in the capital Ouagadougou to denounce violence in their country and the presence of foreign military forces in the region.