Minor Seminary Attacked by Armed Terrorists in Burkina Faso

During the invasion, the militiamen broke some Catholic symbols, among them a crucifix, because they said they did not want to see crosses.

Burkina Faso – Ouagadougou (17/02/2022 8:59 AM, Gaudium Press) The minor seminary of San Kiso, belonging to the Diocese of Fada N’Gourma, located in Bougui, east of Burkina Faso, was attacked by a group of armed men on the night of 10 February. The militiamen broke some Catholic symbols, among them a crucifix, as they said they did not want to see crosses.

Destruction, robberies and threats

According to ‘Aid to the Church in Need‘, the group of terrorists was made up of about thirty elements, who arrived at the seminary by motorbike around 8pm and stayed there for an hour, during which time they set fire to two dormitories, a classroom, and a vehicle, while taking possession of another vehicle.

After destroying the crucifix, the group of armed men threatened the seminarians, telling them that they should leave. The terrorists promised to return and said if that if they found anyone still in the seminary, they would mercilessly kill them.

Seminarians sent home

San Kiso Minor Seminary currently hosts a total of 146 seminarians and seven formators. After this episode, all the seminarians have been sent home to their respective families to await the outcome of the case. Fear has gripped the region, causing some people in the village where the seminary is located to abandon their homes. (EPC)

Compiled by Sandra Chisholm

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