Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

The World Council of Churches (WCC) condemned an attack on a Protestant church in northern Burkina Faso, in the small town of Silgadji near Djibo, the capital of Soum province.

Gunmen opened fire on the church at the end of Sunday’s service, killing at least six people, officials reported.

The attackers allegedly arrived on seven motorbikes and killed the pastor, two of his sons and three other worshippers.

WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said it is tragic when people who are gathered to worship end up perishing in a display of hatred that is shocking.

“We mourn and we pray with the families and friends of those who were attending church on Sunday,” Tveit said. As attacks on places of worship have seemed to grow recently, Tveit said: “We will not be deterred by extremist violence and intolerance. We will respond with the kind of love that transforms communities and transcends hate.”

WCC member churches in Burkina Faso