Pope Francis has expressed his pain over an attack by gunmen on a Catholic church in Burkina Faso after Sunday Mass in which six people were killed, including a priest.

The interim director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Alessandro Gisotti, has posted a tweet expressing the grief of Pope Francis.   He said, “The Holy Father has learned with sorrow about the news of the attack on the church in Dablo, Burkina Faso. He prays for the victims, for their families and for the entire Christian community in the country.”

The attack took place in the small town of Dablo, about 200 kilometres north of the capital, Ouagadougou.

The faithful were leaving church around 9am when the attack took place.

From reports by eyewitnesses, it appears that their target was the 34-year old Burkinabe priest, Father Simeon Yampa, in charge of interreligious dialogue in his diocese.  He was killed in the attack along with five others.

It is the second attack on Christians in two weeks in the West African nation. On April 29, a Protestant church was attacked, killing a Protestant pastor along with five faithful in Silgadji, in the province of Soum.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Source: Vatican News