Bobo Dioulasso (Fides Service) – Brother Ignacio Garcia Alonso, head master of the College of the Brothers of Christian Schools in Bobo Dioulasso was found dead in his office on 6 February, but the incident was reported only today. According to medical examination Brother Garcia Alonso was murdered around 1pm on 6 February. He was found with his skull smashed by blows with a machete wielded by one or more persons. The crime has given rise to general consternation and questions with regard to the motivation. The local authorities took the murder into serious consideration and went immediately to the site.
Brother Ignacio was well known in this part of Burkina Faso, which he had come to love deeply. Aged 63 and originally from Spain, he had been a missionary for 40 years in Morocco and Niger but mainly in Burkina Faso. He was recently appointed head master at the College in Bobo Dioulasso where he had taught there for several years in the 1970s. The funeral will take place today, Tuesday 10 February, at Bobo Dioulasso cathedral. Brother Ignacio will be buried at Toussiana, about 50 km from Bobo Dioulasso. (S.L.) (Fides Service 10/2/2004; lines 11; words 162)