14 church-goers are massacred in eastern Burkina Faso where Islamist violence against worshippers is rife

Fourteen church-goers were shot dead on Sunday in eastern Burkina Faso where places of worship have suffered a string of Islamist assaults this year.

The identity of the gunmen was not immediately clear and further details on the attack had yet to emerge.

Soldiers in the region were hunting down the assailants, who fled on scooters, a security source said earlier.

The poor West African country has suffered a series of attacks on Christian targets since February, leaving 21 dead before Sunday’s attack.