Nigeria (CNN)A church in southwestern Nigeria became the just of a bloody attack on Sunday, in response to native lawmakers.
Attackers stormed into the church in the metropolis of Owo and started “shooting sporadically,” Adeyemi Olayemi, the legislator representing the Owo constituency in the Ondo Affirm Dwelling of Assembly, informed CNN.
On the least 28 folk had been killed, Olayemi acknowledged.
“The attackers came in bikes and began shooting sporadically,” he acknowledged. “They killed many participants contained in the church.”
Victims are being are taken to Federal Clinical Heart in Owo, Olayemi acknowledged.
Affirm police might perchance maybe now no longer disclose the total collection of casualties at St. Francis Catholic Church, a police spokesperson informed CNN, nor might perchance maybe they identify these in the abet of the attack.
Ondo Affirm Governor Arakunrin Akeredolu acknowledged he changed into “shy” by the attack and known because it a “unlit Sunday in Owo.”
“I am deeply saddened by the unprovoked attack and killing of innocent folk of Owo, worshiping at the St. Francis Catholic Church, as of late,” he acknowledged on Twitter, adding that “the vile and satanic attack is a calculated assault on the peace-loving folk of Owo Kingdom who believe enjoyed relative peace over the years.”
The governor vowed to “commit every available handy resource to hunt down these assailants and collect them pay.”
“We shall never bow to the machinations of heartless substances in our resolves to rid our deliver of criminals,” he persevered, asking the final public now no longer to “clutch the prison pointers into your hands.”
“I beg our folk to dwell detached and vigilant. Produce now no longer clutch prison pointers into your hands. I believe spoken to the heads of the safety agencies. I believe equally been assured that security operatives would be deployed to show screen and restore normalcy to Owo kingdom,” Akeredolu wrote.
Lethal assaults by bike-driving gangs are uncommon in southwestern Nigeria. Such assaults are more customary in swathes of the nation’s north, which is consistently underneath siege by Boko Haram terrorists and marauding gunmen known in the neighborhood as ‘bandits.’
The Owo church attack comes one week after one other church tragedy, when 31 folk had been killed and others injured for the length of a stampede at a church match in the southeastern Nigerian metropolis of Port Harcourt.
CNN’s Nimi Princewill reported from Abuja and Amy Cassidy wrote from London