On Wednesday 11th January 2023, terrorists invaded a Mosque of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Burkina Faso, killing nine worshipers in an unprovoked and cold-blooded attack.
Local Ahmadi Muslims were peacefully gathered in their Mosque in Mehdi Abad, a village built by the community in 2008, near the northern town of Dori, for the evening prayers, when terrorists invaded the Mosque and began harassing the worshippers.
They separated nine of the elder men, including the Imam of the Mosque, from the other worshippers, forced them outside of the Mosque where they were brutally executed.
Following this heinous attack, the terrorists threatened the remaining worshippers, including children, that they too would be murdered should they return to the Mosque.
A spokesperson of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said:
“Our community, all around the world, is a family and we are heartbroken at the brutal murder of our brothers and grieve with their loved ones. We pray that God envelops the martyrs in His mercy.
“We also pray for the security of Burkina Faso and that the Government fulfills its duty to protect all Burkinabe people, including Ahmadi Muslims, and that the perpetrators of this heinous and evil crime be brought to justice”
Ahmadi Muslims are persecuted – by both state and non-state actors – for their faith in many Muslim-majority countries including Pakistan. In 2010, scores of Ahmadi Muslims were killed when terrorists simultaneously attacked two mosques in the city of Lahore.
Further details about this atrocity will be provided as soon as possible.