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.