At least 50 killed in massacre at Catholic church in southwest Nigeria – Reuters
- Such attacks rare in southwest Nigeria
- Pope Francis prayed for victims, Vatican says
During Holy Mass, unknown gunmen attacked St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Nigeria.
Multiple gunmen attacked the church in southwest Nigeria during mass on Sunday, killing at least 50 people including women and children, according to local media and medics. Police are investigating the cause of the attack.
The gunmen shot at people both inside and outside the building, killing, and injuring worshippers, said Funmilayo Ibukun Odunlami, police spokesperson for Ondo state.
At least 50 bodies were brought into two hospitals, and blood was needed to treat the injured.
President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack, calling it “heinous”, and the Vatican said Pope Francis was praying for the victims who had been “painfully stricken in a moment of celebration”.
Nigeria is battling an Islamist insurgency in the northeast and armed gangs who carry out attacks and kidnappings for ransom, mostly in the northwest. The country has a bloody history of violence against Christians and even rival secular violence among Muslims.
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