At least 14 killed in church attack in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has been struggling with growing unrest attributed to groups linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group

According to government sources, 14 worshipers were shot dead during the early Sunday morning attack on the church in the eastern part of Burkina Faso.

President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré confirmed the attack in a tweet later Sunday.

A statement from the regional government said that many people sustained various degrees of wounds from the attack.

Kabore offered his "deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded".

The identity of the gunmen was not yet clear and further details on the attack had yet to emerge.

The violence occurred on Sunday in an area known for banditry that has been attacked over the past year by suspected jihadist groups with al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

The Islamist insurgency in Burkina Faso has sparked longstanding ethnic and religious tensions, especially in the north of the country near Mali.

Burkina Faso was once a pocket of calm in the region, but the past year's violence has killed hundreds and forced almost a million people from their homes.

In October, armed men who generally believed themselves to be Islamic extremists attacked a convoy carrying employees of a mining company in that region, killing at least 37 people.

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