According to media reports, the attacktook placein the town ofDablo, situated in a region that has seen a spike in violence in recent months.The churchwasburned to the ground, along with other buildings including a healthcentre.
In a Tweet, Maria Espinosa, President of the General Assembly, called for the killers to be held accountable. We cannot tolerate hatred. The fundamental right of religious freedom must be respected everywhere.
MetsiMakhetha, the UN Resident Coordinator in Burkina Faso,also tweeted her response to the shootings inDablo, condemning the heinous attacks and offering her condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.
The shootings came just days afterwarnings from top UN humanitarian officials, including Ms.Makhetha, of an unprecedented rise in sophisticated armed attacks in the Sahel, which are putting the future of a whole generation at stake.
Violence is spreading in Mali and Niger, as well as Burkina Faso, and risks spilling over into other West African countries. This has ledto a five-fold rise in the displacement of the local population in the last 12 months, who have seen more than 330,000 people leave their homes, in addition to 100,000 refugees.
According to Ms.Makhetha, ISIS-inspired armed groups, threaten to destabilize longstanding traditional methods of community-based conflict resolution.The UN, partner humanitarian organizations and Governments have stepped up operations. But we must do more.