At least six people were killed - including a priest - after a Catholic church was attacked and then set ablaze Sunday by a group of armed men in the western African country of Burkina Faso, according to local reports.
A priest was among those killed in the church attack.
Following the first church attack on the region a security source told AFP: 'Unidentified armed individuals have attacked the Protestant church in Silgadji killing four members of the congregation and the pastor.
The attack happened at about 9 a.m.as worshippers were gathering for Sunday Mass at a Catholic Church in the village of Dablo, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Kaya in the country's north, close to the volatile border with Mali.
"They burned down the church, then shops and a small restaurant before going to the health centre where they searched the premises and set fire to the head nurse's vehicle. It's practically a ghost town".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Burkina Faso earlier this month as part of a regional tour of West Africa. "They made everyone lie down, executed five before torching the church".
The attack came just days after two French soldiers were killed during an operation to rescue two hostages in the troubled nation. In that message, Macron also identified the rescued hostages as French tourists Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas - who were abducted May 1 in Benin.
The attacks took place in Dablo located in the Sanmatenga Province in the country's center.
Roughly 55 per cent to 60 per cent of Burkina Faso's population is Muslim, with up to a quarter Christian.
But violence has only worsened since.
A report submitted to the UN Security Council previous year warned that security had "deteriorated rapidly over the last six months" in the area between Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, with attacks spreading to eastern Burkina Faso.