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Egypt's foreign ministry, Al-Azhar denounce Burkina Faso church attack

Ahram Online , Monday 13 May 2019
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Egypt's foreign ministry and the country's top Islamic institution Al-Azhar have denounced a terror attack that targeted a Catholic church in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday.

Six people, including a priest, were killed by gunmen who stormed the church in the village of Dablo during a mass.

Egypt expressed its sincere condolences to the victims' families and wished a speedy recovery to those injured, the foreign ministry said in a statement. 

The statement stressed that Egypt stands by the government and the people of Burkina Faso, denouncing cowardly acts that target innocent people and places of worship.

In a separate statement, Al-Azhar stressed its rejection of such crimes, saying that religions, which call for peace and love, cannot be taken as a justification for terrorism. 

It offered its condolences to the Burkinabe people and government, wishing the injured a speedy recovery. 

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