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Gunmen kills Catholic worshippers in Owo, Nigeria.

 

gunmensIn recent months, Nigeria has seen an increase in violence.

Across the broad country, kidnappings and attacks have been recorded.

There are no definite figures for the number of people killed or abducted in Sunday’s attack.

According to the Reuters news agency, “many worshippers were brought in dead” by a doctor at a local hospital. State legislator Ogunmolasuyi Oluwole informed the Associated Press news agency that children were among the deceased after visiting the church and hospital.

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In a series of tweets, Nigeria’s Top artist Davido pled Jesus to take control “Jesus take control …. Pray for Nigeria Rip to all the lost souls ? #Prayforondo”.

No one has claimed responsibility for the incident, but armed groups in Nigeria are increasing their aggression, according to the BBC’s Chris Ewokor in Abuja. However, the state of Ondo has remained relatively unaffected until recently.

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The head of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, along with two other clerics, was kidnapped exactly a week ago in the country’s south-east.

According to the Methodist priest, he paid $240,000 (£190,000) to be set free with his accomplices.

Two Catholic priests were kidnapped two weeks ago in Katsina, President Muhammadu Buhari’s native state in Nigeria’s north. They have not been made public.

Gunmen attacked the important train link between Abuja and Kaduna in northern Nigeria in March, killing at least nine people and kidnapping dozens more, many of whom are still being held captive.

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