In an extremely saddening incident, no less than 50 worshippers including many children were killed in southwestern Nigeria’s St. Francis Catholic Church by gunmen on Pentecost Sunday. The mass killing was conducted by the gunmen by firing shots and detonating explosives in the church. It has been reported that a priest was also abducted. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State described the attack as “vile and satanic” and stated that the perpetrators “will be hunted down” and will be made to “pay for their crimes.”
CBN News reports:
At least 50 people, many of them children, are feared dead after gunmen shot at worshippers and detonated explosives at a church in southwestern Nigeria on Pentecost Sunday.
Legislator Ogunmolasuyi Oluwole said the attackers descended upon St. Francis Catholic Church in Ondo state just as people started to gather for worship.
A priest was also reportedly abducted.
Adelegbe Timileyin, who represents the Owo area, said at least 50 were killed during that attack, however, that number is likely to rise.
Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu tweeted that the assailants “will be hunted down and they will pay for their crimes.”
“I am deeply saddened by the unprovoked attack and killing of innocent people of Owo, worshiping at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Today,” he said in a separate tweet.
“The vile & satanic attack is a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of Owo Kingdom who have enjoyed relative peace over the years.”
This incident is preceded by similar cases of violence on Christians in Nigeria in the last few months.
CBN News previously reported that attacks against Christians throughout Nigeria have escalated over the past few years.
The Islamic State (IS) group released a video last month claiming to show the murders of some 20 Christians in northeast Nigeria’s Borno State.
In March, Fulani herdsmen reportedly killed 50 Christians and abducted a Catholic priest in Kaduna state.
And Islamic terrorists are suspected of killing 32 Christians and two soldiers in the town of Kagoro, Kaura on March 20.
Open Doors’ World Watchlist lists Nigeria as number 7 of the countries in the world where it is most difficult to be a Christian.
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