Islamic terrorists are continuing to kill Christians in northeastern Burkina Faso.
According to CBN News, Aid to the Church in Need reports in a June 27 attack, four Christians in the village of Bani were killed for wearing crosses.
Bishop Laurent Birfuoré Dabiré of the Diocese of Dori in the northeast of Burkina Faso said the Islamists forced everyone in the village to lie face down on the ground.
“Then they searched them,” he said. “Four people were wearing crucifixes. So they killed them because they were Christians.
“After murdering them, the Islamists warned all the other villagers that if they did not convert to Islam, they too, would be killed.”
The killing of the four men was the fifth attack against Christians this year in that area of Burkina Faso. Twenty Christians have been killed this year.
“If the world continues to do nothing, the result will be the elimination of the Christian presence in this area and quite possibly, in future, from the entire country.”
The bishop also added that the terrorists have weapons that are not made in Africa.
“They have rifles, machine guns and so much ammunition, more than the Burkina Faso army has at its disposal,” he said. “When they come to the village they shoot for hours. Who is supplying them with these resources? If they were not getting this support from outside, they would have to stop.
“That’s why I’m appealing to the international authorities. Whoever has the power to do so, may they put a stop to all this violence!”
He said he is also worried about young Muslims joining the terrorist groups.
“They include youths who have joined the jihadists because they have no money, no work, and no prospects, but there are also radicalized elements who are involved in these movements which they see as the expression of their Islamic faith," he said.
About 20 percent of the population in Burkina Faso are Christian. About 60 percent of the population are Muslims.
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