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Another Catholic Church attack by terrorists.

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Very sad. Is this ever going to stop?

 

OUAGADOUGOU, May 12 (Reuters) - Gunmen killed six people including a priest outside a Catholic church in Burkina Faso on Sunday, the government said, the second attack on Christians in two weeks in a nation increasingly overrun by jihadists.

Congregants were leaving church around 9 a.m. (0900 GMT) in the town of Dablo in the Central North region when about twenty men encircled them and shot six dead, according to a government statement and local sources.

The attackers then burned the church, looted a pharmacy and some others stores, and left, Dablo mayor Boucary Zongo told Reuters. The government statement only mentioned the burning of a shop and two vehicles.

"These terrorist groups are now attacking religion with the macabre aim of dividing us," it said.

Burkina Faso has been beset by a rise in attacks in 2019 as groups with links to the  Islamic State and al Qaeda based in neighboring Mali seek to fuel local tensions and extend their influence over the porous borers of the Sahel, the arid scrubland south of the Sahara.

The government declared a state of emergency in several northern provinces bordering Mali in December because of deadly Islamist attacks.

But violence has only worsened since. Two French soldiers were killed in an operation to rescue four people taken hostage in Burkina last week, France said. Over 100,000 people in Burkina Faso have been displaced by the unrest this year, the United Nations has said.

Roughly 55% to 60% of Burkina Faso's population is Muslim, with up to a quarter Christian. The two groups generally live in peace and frequently intermarry.

Then in late April unidentified gunmen killed a pastor and five congregants at a Protestant church, also in the north, suggesting the violence was taking a religious turn.

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23 hours ago, John Blutarsky said:

Very sad

Yep.  Also strange how other shooting threads get thousands of replies and this one barely has any in first 24 hours.

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12 minutes ago, Ramblin Wreck said:

Yep.  Also strange how other shooting threads get thousands of replies and this one barely has any in first 24 hours.

What are we suppose to say here other than how terrible it is?

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1 minute ago, Hawkeye21 said:

What are we suppose to say here other than how terrible it is?

I don't know.  Why are other shooting threads pages and pages of comments?

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3 minutes ago, Ramblin Wreck said:

I don't know.  Why are other shooting threads pages and pages of comments?

Because most of them take place in the United States (or in western countries)? 

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3 minutes ago, Ramblin Wreck said:

I don't know.  Why are other shooting threads pages and pages of comments?

Because it's a discussion about if anything can be done to prevent shootings in the US.  Shootings like this are why those threads exist and continue on for page after page.

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Just now, timschochet said:

Because most of them take place in the United States (or in western countries)? 

The New Zealand one certainly got a lot of attention quickly

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Just now, Ramblin Wreck said:

The New Zealand one certainly got a lot of attention quickly

I wrote Western Countries. Most people know where New Zealand is. How many people here could tell you the first thing about Burkina Faso, even locate it on a map? 

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1 minute ago, Ramblin Wreck said:

The New Zealand one certainly got a lot of attention quickly

I think that was a little different.  The video released of the shooting was most certainly going to gain a lot of attention.  The fact that New Zealand took action right away was another talking point that relates to us.

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1 minute ago, timschochet said:

I wrote Western Countries. Most people know where New Zealand is. How many people here could tell you the first thing about Burkina Faso, even locate it on a map? 

So not USA/western countries to people don't know a thing about this place is the reason?

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Just now, Ramblin Wreck said:

So not USA/western countries to people don't know a thing about this place is the reason?

I certainly think it’s a bigger factor than the reason I suspect you’re hinting about, which is that when Christians get attacked people (especially liberals) don’t pay nearly as much attention as when other groups get attacked. Am I correct? 

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Just now, Ramblin Wreck said:

So not USA/western countries to people don't know a thing about this place is the reason?

I honestly don't think I had ever heard of this country before.  I had to look it up and I don't know why I don't remember learning about it back in school.

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I've never heard of it.   I am not sure I understand why people worry about which threads get attention and which don't.   

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3 minutes ago, Godsbrother said:

I've never heard of it.   I am not sure I understand why people worry about which threads get attention and which don't.   

Worry?

I'm also sure most people had never heard of many places (including most schools) that get shot up until the shooting.

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1 minute ago, Ramblin Wreck said:

Worry?

I'm also sure most people had never heard of many places (including most schools) that get shot up until the shooting.

It appears things in that country are getting worse and more of these attacks may take place.

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Just now, Ramblin Wreck said:

Worry?

I'm also sure most people had never heard of many places (including most schools) that get shot up until the shooting.

Normally they are in countries that we've heard about.   I think it is terrible but I do not know about the political situation in Ouagadougou to add much to the discussion.

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13 minutes ago, Ramblin Wreck said:

Worry?

I'm also sure most people had never heard of many places (including most schools) that get shot up until the shooting.

Just to be clear did you just compare a shooting in burkina faso to a school in the USA?  You honestly can't understand the difference there?

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I’ve sent thoughts

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18 minutes ago, John Blutarsky said:

It’s pathetic.

Typical of that poster

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Religions seem to not like other religions. It is troubling and a story almost as old as mankind. 

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On 5/12/2019 at 1:50 PM, Da Guru said:

Burkina Faso has been beset by a rise in attacks in 2019 as groups with links to the  Islamic State and al Qaeda based in neighboring Mali seek to fuel local tensions and extend their influence over the porous borers of the Sahel, the arid scrubland south of the Sahara.

Pretty sure we’ve been told that Isis is defeated.

But more specifically this is unspeakably sad and indescribable. Part of being a Catholic means hearing priests and missionaries from Africa talk about the struggles there. This doesn’t get mentioned, but mass hunger and unsanitary living conditions are part of it. Poor people.

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Pretty sad. That said likely more of the same is happening across West Africa that we never hear of, including counteratrocities.

I've been to Burkina Faso once.  Not exactly a hot spot for travelling.

Of course back then the terrorists were terrorist (or bandits) for more wordly reasons

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Not too mention is that we never hear of the literally thousands of children that die of starvation or undernourishment in a ditch somewhere across the continent.  That's not sexy news

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21 hours ago, John Blutarsky said:

I have no idea what the world can do in countries with such political unrest.  Financial aid isn't enough and military interventions or peace keeping troops also don't seem to work long-term.

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