In Burkina Faso armed men, suspected to be jihadi militants, attacked a baptism ceremony in the village of Adjarara, Oudalan province on 18 May, killing 15 people. Many others were forced to flee the village, located in mainly Christian northern Burkina Faso near the border with Mali, in fear of their lives. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, groups affiliated to both Al Qaeda and Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) are active across Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. The Sahel region of Africa, along with parts of West Africa such as Nigeria, has in the last few years become the epicentre of global jihadi activity.