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Bandits kill over 50 in Ondo Catholic Church

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Suspected bandits have killed over 50 persons in an attack on the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, headquarters of Owo Local Government Area of Ondo state.

The people that were reported killed by the bandits in the Ondo church included passerby who were hit by stray bullets.

Witnesses said the attack occurred during the church’s Sunday service. The gunmen stormed the church during service and started shooting sporadically.

Explosives were also detonated by the suspected bandits inside premises of the church.

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It was gathered the injured and the dead were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre Owo, for medical attention.

Chief Medical Director (CMD) of FMC, Owo, Dr Liasu Adeagbo, said many medical personnel have been deployed to cater for the injured persons.

He said it was still too early to speak on the issue.

But a nurse at Owo, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was not enough medical personnel on ground to attend to the victims at the emergency unit of the hospital.

She said many of the victims were taken to a private hospital.

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The motive for the attack on the Catholic Church is yet to be ascertained as at the time of this report.

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