Ouagadougou, 23 August, 2021 / 9:49 pm (ACI Africa).
Following the August 18 attack on a civilian convoy in Burkina Faso that left 47 people dead and several others injured, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have expressed their closeness with the victims of the attack and their respective families, praying for lasting peace in the country.
“It is with dismay and sorrow that the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger learned of the terrorist attack which has once again plunged our country into mourning,” members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN) say in the statement issued Monday, August 23.
According to the Catholic Bishops, “This barbaric attack, which occurred on 18 August 2021 on the Arabinda-Gorgadji road, took the lives of elements of our defence and security forces (FDS) as well as a large number of civilians.”
On August 18, suspected jihadists reportedly killed at least 47 people, including 30 civilians, in an attack on a convoy in Northern Burkina Faso, according to France 24.
“30 civilians, 14 military police and three pro-government militia were killed, while 30 people were wounded,” Government officials said in a statement, adding that 58 militants were killed in the ensuing clashes with security forces.