New Delhi: At least 24 people were killed, including a church pastor, and more than 18 others have been injured on Monday after an armed man opened fire at a village church in northern Burkina Faso, West Africa, before setting it on fire, the Governor told media persons. Also Read - 3 Arrested For Bomb Blast, Vandalism at West Bengal Church

According to reports, three others are also feared kidnapped by the gunman. The deceased include people from both Muslim and Christian communities. This is the latest among the recent attacks on religious leaders in the highly unstable West African nation. Once a peaceful country, extremist violence has taken a surge at an ‘alarming rate’. Also Read - New single-dose Ebola drug treatment developed

The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital in Dori town, about 180 kilometres away from the scene of the attack. Also Read - Nigerian army deploys for battle to reclaim key town from Boko Haram