Just in: Many worshippers killed as terrorists attack Catholic Church in Ondo State

Just in: Many worshippers killed as terrorists attack Catholic Church in Ondo State

Suspected terrorists have attacked a church in Ondo State, with a yet-to-be-ascertained number of people killed while scores were injured.

 

 

The incident was said to have occurred at St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

 

 

The church is behind Olowo of Owo palace.

 

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Many members of the congregation were shot and slaughtered.

 

 

One of the videos of the incident shows that children were also killed in the attack.

 

Another source said it was an explosion that rocked the church, killing many people.

 

 

A health worker on duty at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, where the casualties were taken to said over 50 people had been taken to the hospital, saying some were dead already while some were still alive.

 

 

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He said, “They are still bringing people to the hospital, some have been confirmed dead while some are still breathing. But for now, I can’t specify the number of those that died.”

 

 

A source in the palace told our correspondent that the whole area was enveloped with tension and panic.

 

 

According to him, “the church that was attacked was at the back of the palace and we are still wondering how gunmen could carry out such an attack at the central eye of the town. This is unbelievable. Kabiyesi would soon issue a statement on the incident

 

 

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Funmilayo Odunlami, said the command was yet to ascertain the cause of the incident.

 

 

“The Commissioner of Police is on his way to the scene to ascertain the cause of the incident. We have been hearing many things about it but I will get back to you,” she said.

 

 

Meanwhile, the State government is yet to make a statement.

 

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