Bandits have reportedly killed over 50 individuals in an attack on the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, headquarters of Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State. However, Apart from worshippers, the bandits also killed passersby hit by stray bullets.
Observers confirmed that the attack happened during the church’s Sunday service. The bystanders told our correspondent that the gunmen raved the church during service and began shooting sporadically.
It was gathered that the gunmen made an entrance to the church after explosives were detonated by the gunmen outside the entrance premises of the church. However, the injured and the deceased ones were hurried to the Federal Medical Centre Owo, for medical attention.
Another source said it was some herdsmen that allegedly attacked the church and killed worshippers.
Reacting to the incident, Chief Medical Director (CMD) of FMC, Owo, Dr Liasu Adeagbo, said much medical personnel have been deployed to cater for the injured persons. He made it known that is still too early to speak on the issue.
However, a nurse at Owo, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was not enough medical personnel on the ground to attend to the victims at the emergency unit of the hospital. She pointed out that many of the victims were taken to a private hospital.
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.
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