Africa. Nigeria: At least 21 people were killed in an attack on a church that was being celebrated during mass

According to the first report by local authorities, at least 21 people were killed in an attack on Sunday by armed men who attacked a Catholic church in Owo in southwestern Nigeria.

Africa. Nigeria: At least 21 people were killed in an attack on a church that was being celebrated during mass

According to the first report by local authorities, at least 21 people were killed in an attack on Sunday by armed men who attacked a Catholic church in Owo in southwestern Nigeria.

"Dynamite exploded inside the church...the attackers weren't even allowed to enter the church, but they fired through the windows," a spokesman for the state governor said. 'Ondo, Richard Olatunde. According to authorities, this attack, which President Muhammadu Buhari called a "heinous murder among the faithful", also injured several others.

It happened during morning service at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo state. This church is usually safe from terrorists and criminal gangs operating in other parts. country.

Local authorities claimed that security forces were mobilized to locate the attackers. Their identities are not known.

Pope Francis responded to Sunday's attack in Ondo, Nigeria with a press release in which he claimed "to have heard of the attack" and "the death of many faithful, including children, during Pentecost celebrations."

He said that as the details of the incident are clarified, Pope Francis prays to the Lord for the victims and the country, which was hurt during a celebration and entrusts them all to him, so that he can send his Spirit to comfort them."

This attack occurred on the eve the APC launched its primaries for 2023 presidential election to select its candidate. As stipulated in the constitution, President Muhammadu Buhari (an ex-army general) will end his second term in February 2023.

Africa's largest economy and most populous country remains a significant security threat. Nigeria is particularly vulnerable to attacks on religious sites. Tensions between different communities can sometimes be exacerbated in Nigeria, which includes the predominantly Christian south-east as well as the predominantly Muslim north.

This type of attack is uncommon in the peaceful south-west.

Yorum yapabilmek için üye girişi yapmanız gerekmektedir.

Üye değilseniz hemen üye olun veya giriş yapın.

NEXT NEWS