Violence in Burkina Faso is a trend that I noted is likely tied to oil and economic-oriented military operations, and is likely to see an increase in the future. With such an increase means much more Christian persecution, as Islamic terrorists are the preferred method of the western world to use “stay-behind” type operations as has been consistently demonstrated by recent and past history.
In a recent bout of anti-Christian violence, Salesian Fr. Antonio Fernandez was murdered by Islamic terrorists according to a report:
A Spanish priest and four customs officers were killed during an attack by alleged jihadists in Burkina Faso, local sources said.
“The Spanish Salesian Antonio Cesar Fernandez was assassinated during a jihadist attack between Togo and Burkina Faso,” the Salesians of Don Bosco order said in a statement posted Friday on Twitter.
A Burkina security source added that a mobile customs unit “that had set up a control point in Nohao (near the border with Togo) was the target of a terrorist attack on Friday around 17h00” local time and GMT.
On Saturday the toll stood at four customs officers killed along with the 72-year-old Spanish priest.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez expressed Saturday on Twitter “all my affection for the family and colleagues of missionary Antonio Cesar Fernandez and all the victims of the terror attack in Burkina Faso”.
A local security source said the attack was carried out by “a group of around 20 gunmen who then fled into a wooded zone”.
Burkina Faso, in the heart of Africa’s vast Sahel region, is struggling with a bloody Islamist insurgency as well as bouts of social unrest.