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50 feared dead as gunmen attack Catholic church in Nigeria

After gunmen opened fire at worshippers at a Catholic Church in Nigeria, more than 50 people are now believed to have been killed.

State politician Ogunmolasuyi Oluwole stated that attackers attacked the St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, southwestern Ondo at the same time as worshippers were gathering on Pentecost Sunday.

Official death tolls were not released by authorities immediately, but Oluwole stated that many children were among those who died.

Adelegbe Timothyin, who is the representative of the Owo region in Nigeria’s lower legislative body, stated that at least 50 people were killed. However, others have suggested higher numbers.

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Mr Timileyin also stated that the priest of the church was also abducted.

Videos allegedly taken at the scene of the attack showed worshippers lying covered in blood, while others wailed.

It wasn’t immediately clear who was behind this attack.

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“Our hearts are heavy”

Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of the state, said that he was shocked at the attack and added: “Our peace & tranquility have been attacked.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari stated in a statement that only “fiends” could have created and executed such vile acts.

After vowing to end Nigeria’s long-running security crisis, the president was elected.


Pope Francis prays to victims

According to the Vatican, Pope Francis is “praying for victims and the country that has been hurt during a time of celebration”.

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Although Nigerians have struggled to find security solutions, Ondo is well-known as one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria.

Owo lies approximately 214 miles (345km), east of Lagos.

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