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U.S., Canadian Missionaries Killed in Islamist Attacks in Africa, Indonesia


Missionaries and humanitarians from the U.S. and Canada lost their lives in terrorist attacks in Africa and Indonesia last week. The victims included a Canadian family.

When al Qaeda-linked terrorists stormed a hotel and cafe in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday evening, they killed an estimated 28 people. Among them were six members of a mission trip organized by a religious community in Quebec.

Terrorists of al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) killed at least 29 people of different nationalities in the attack against the Splendid Hotel, which is frequented by UN officials, and the nearby restaurant Le Cappuccino.

“People are still in shock. It is true that a similar incident had occurred recently in Mali, near our country, and many said that Burkina Faso could be targeted by terrorists,” Father Oscar Zoungrana, national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Burkina Faso, told Fides news agency. “For many it was a surprise, because in our country a tragedy of this proportion has never happened.”

Burkina Faso has just ended a period of transition following the ouster of former president Blaise Compaore, which culminated with the election on November 29, and led to the designation of Roch Marc Christian Kaboré as new president.

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