Church horror shooting leaves 24 dead after gunmen open fire during service

At least 24 people have died in a shooting at a church.

Gunmen opened fire at a church in Burkina Faso on Sunday during mass, killing dozens including the pastor.

A further 18 people were wounded in the attack on a Protestant church in the village of Pansi in Yagha province.

State governor Colonel Salfo Kabore said a group of "armed terrorists" raided the village "and attacked the peaceful local population after having identified them and separated them from non-residents".

The motive for the massacre hasn't yet been given, but Christians and churches in the north of Burkina Faso have become frequent targets for terror attacks by armed Islamists.

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Since 2015, around 750 people have been killed in the country by insurgents, while around 600,000 have been forced to flee their homes.

Also in the north of the country, five soldiers were killed on Sunday when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device near the town of Banh in Loroum province, security sources said.

A total of 30 people in Burkina Faso have died in roadside bombing attacks since the start of the year, including seven children killed when a school bus was hit.

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