Masked gunmen hunt Christians in Burkina Faso

Suspected Islamist militants searching for Christians stormed a police station in Oursi, in northern Burkina Faso, close to the Malian border, on 24 August, injuring at least two people.

A Muslim man, Alassane Hamidou, told reporters that he went to the police station and knocked on the door. Three masked gunmen ordered him to lie down on the ground.

“There are no police here now – it is Boko Haram from now on,” they told Hamidou. “We are looking for Christians – and you are spared because you are a Muslim.”

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