Owo church attack

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Owo church attack
Part of the herder–farmer conflicts in Nigeria
Location of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Nigeria
LocationOwo, Ondo State, Nigeria
Coordinates07°11′40″N 05°35′01″E / 7.19444°N 5.58361°E / 7.19444; 5.58361Coordinates: 07°11′40″N 05°35′01″E / 7.19444°N 5.58361°E / 7.19444; 5.58361
Date5 June 2022 (2022-06-05)
TargetWorshippers at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
Attack type
Bombing, mass shooting, massacre
WeaponsImprovised explosive devices, guns
Deaths50+ (reported)
Non-fatal injuries
Unknown
No. of participants
5+

On 5 June 2022, a mass shooting and bomb attack happened at a Catholic church in the city of Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria.

The attack took place at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.[1] The attackers exploded bombs right outside the building and started firing their guns. Four of the perpetrators fired directly into the building.[2] People tried to escape the building, but the main entrance was locked and the gunmen were firing at people trying to run through the remaining two. When people who were shot tried to get up the attackers would shoot them again.[3]

A witness said that he saw five gunmen who perpetrated the attack.[4] Two security forces officers were also killed.[5]

At least 22 deaths have been confirmed so far, but it is likely that over fifty people were killed in the attack.[6][7]

A group hasn't yet said that they were responsible, so the perpetrator of the attack is unknown.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Over 50 feared dead in Nigeria church attack, officials say". AP NEWS. 2022-06-05. Archived from the original on 5 June 2022. Retrieved 2022-06-05.
  2. "Nigeria church massacre: What happened and why?". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2022-06-06.
  3. "Nigerian forces hunt for gunmen who killed 50 at church". AP NEWS. 2022-06-06. Retrieved 2022-06-07.
  4. "Worshippers gunned down during church service in Nigeria". www.aljazeera.com. Archived from the original on 5 June 2022. Retrieved 2022-06-05.
  5. Babajide, Abdul (2022-06-05). "Foreigners from Mali trained in Libya behind attack on Owo Catholic church - Akeredolu". Daily Post Nigeria. Archived from the original on 5 June 2022. Retrieved 2022-06-06.
  6. "Infants among 22 worshippers killed in Nigeria church attack". AP NEWS. 2022-06-07. Retrieved 2022-06-07.
  7. "Nigerian forces hunt for gunmen who killed 50 at church". AP NEWS. 2022-06-06. Retrieved 2022-06-06.
  8. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-61697409