(UPDATED) Assemblies of God pastor preferred to “die for his faith rather than leave the village” he served for decades.  Kate Shellnutt

Security forces guard the armed forces building in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The country has suffered hundreds of terrorist attacks amid rising extremism since 2016, including its first church attack this week.

[Updated May 3 with further remarks from Assemblies of God leader Michel Ouédraogo]

Christians in Burkina Faso are mourning a deadly attack on a Protestant church as “a new turning point in terrorism” in the West African nation.

Sunday’s shooting at an Assemblies of God congregation in a northern village left six people dead, including the pastor, and represents the first church attack among the recent surge of Islamist violence.

A dozen gunmen on motorcycles stormed the courtyard ...