Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso

VOA Africa's Bagassi Koura contributed to this report.

Gunmen killed six people attending Sunday morning Mass at the Catholic Church of Dablo in northern Burkina Faso, officials and witnesses said.

The priest and five churchgoers were among the victims, a witness told VOA Africa.

"They were about 40 on motorcycles," the witness said of the attackers. "They made everyone lie down, executed five before torching the church."

The attackers set parts of the church and nearby shops on fire before fleeing the scene roughly an hour and a half after they arrived. Multiple injuries have been reported.

Last week, gunman killed five people in a Protestant church in the small northern town of Silgadji.