Nigerian church assault casualties revised all the way down to 22 killed, 50 injured

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The casualty report for final week’s assault on a Catholic church in Nigeria has been revised all the way down to 22 killed and 50 injured, in accordance with a Nigerian official.

Earlier stories based mostly on witness accounts positioned the loss of life toll at greater than 50 after gunmen fired weapons and detonated explosives inside St. Francis Church. Nobody has claimed duty for the assault.

State Police Commissioner Oyeyemi Oyediran stated legislation enforcement pursued to attackers, “but unfortunately, we could not catch up with them.”

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A view of the St. Francis Catholic church in Owo, Nigeria, Monday, June 6, 2022 a day after an attack targeted worshipers. 

A view of the St. Francis Catholic church in Owo, Nigeria, Monday, June 6, 2022 a day after an assault focused worshipers. 
(AP Picture/Sunday Alamba)

Ondo state governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu referred to as the assault “vile and satanic” in a Sunday assertion.

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Pope Francis additionally condemned the assault on Monday calling it an “act of unspeakable violence.”

“His Holiness prays for the conversion of those blinded by hatred and violence so that they will choose instead the path of peace and righteousness,” a telegram from the Vatican learn.

The assault got here roughly two months after a stampede at a Nigerian church honest killed 31 individuals in late March.

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The church honest was supposed to be a charity occasion during which locals might “shop for free.” Many attendees arrived as early as 5 a.m. to safe their spots in line. Attendees then broke by means of the gate, inflicting a stampede.

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