Jihadists in Burkina Faso murder Catholic priest – in a parish built with the help of ACN
by Maria Lozano
Staff at Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International) were deeply shocked and saddened to hear the news of the murder of Father Simeon Yampa, parish priest of the parish of Dablo, in central northern Burkina Faso. His church was attacked on Sunday 12 May, just after the celebration of Holy Mass had begun, by a group of 20 or so armed men, who murdered the priest and five of his faithful.
Image: Fr. Simeon Yampa (parish priest of Dablo since Sept. 2018). He was murdered in the sacristy of the parish church when 20 men arrived for a terroristic attack in the parish church of Dablo on the 12th May 2019 (Good Shepherd Sunday). He died trying to save the children serving the altar. Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.
According to local sources with whom ACN was able to speak, the attackers burst into the church, shooting, just as the congregation was singing the Gloria. Five members of the congregation were shot and killed. The chapel is very small, but, including those standing outside, there were around a hundred worshippers at the time. Three bullets struck the Tabernacle. Father Simeon tried to rescue the altar servers, by ushering them into the sacristy, but the terrorists went through the church and discovered him, shooting him dead on the spot.