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Gunmen attack church in Burkina Faso

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/13/19, 11:10 am

Gunmen killed six people, including a priest, on Sunday during Mass at a Catholic Church in Burkina Faso, officials said. The attack in the northern town of Dablo is the second major attack against Christians in the country in recent weeks. At least 20 gunmen stormed the church at about 9 a.m. and opened fire as congregants tried to flee, Dablo Mayor Ousmane Zongo told Agence France-Presse. The attackers burned down the church, along with some shops and a cafe, and looted a local health center. “There is an atmosphere of panic in the town,” Zongo said.

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‘I don’t have words for what I saw’

Terrorism | Sri Lankan churches begin their recovery from Easter bombings amid ongoing threats and restrictions
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/09/19, 02:08 pm

Jeyaraj Sivarajasingam was heading to Easter services at Jampettah Methodist Church in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, when he heard the bomb blast.

It was unmistakable, he said, coming from the direction of St. Anthony’s Shrine, a Catholic church about three city blocks away. “I ran to the church because I know many people there,” said Sivarajasingam, who is national director of Lanka Prison Fellowship.

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Suicide bomber targets Pakistani shrine

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/08/19, 11:08 am

At least 10 people died and 20 others sustained injuries on Wednesday after a suicide bomber set off a powerful explosion near security forces guarding a popular Sufi shrine in eastern Pakistan. Hundreds of pilgrims were inside the shrine in Lahore, capital of the eastern Punjab province, when the bomb went off.

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