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Sad Sunday in Kaduna: Again, terrorists hit Catholic Church

By Linus Aleke
Terrorists yesterday killed three parishioners and also abducted many worshippers during church service at St Moses Catholic Church in Robuh, Ungwan, Aku, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

This is coming barely three weeks after terrorists’ wreaked havoc on St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State during mass where many worshippers were brutally murdered during the service.

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ThisNigeria learnt that one of the seriously injured persons was rushed to St. Gerald Catholic hospital, Kaduna.

It was also disclosed that the terrorists came in large numbers on motorcycles and shot sporadically. They killed and whisked away worshippers many of whom were injured.

Recall that on May 25, two Catholic priests from the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, alongside two others were abducted as unknown gunmen invaded St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, in the Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State, in the early hours of last Wednesday.

Earlier, rampaging youths in Sokoto also attacked the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto where they destroyed property and vandalized vehicles on the premises.

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Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government (KDSG), yesterday confirmed that bandits attacked worshippers, killing three persons, and injuring two others in Kajuru Local Government Area in the state.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the incident in a statement issued in Kaduna.

Aruwan said, “On a sad note, security agencies have reported to the Kaduna state government that bandits attacked worshippers and locals at Ungwan Fada, Ungwan Turawa, and Ungwan Makama in Rubu general area of Kajuru local government area.

According to the report, the bandits stormed the villages on motorcycles, beginning from Ungwan Fada, and moving into Ungwan Turawa, before Ungwan Makama and then Rubu.

He explained that in Rubu village, the bandits attacked worshippers in the Maranatha Baptist Church and St. Moses Catholic Church.

Aruwan said, the Acting Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, expressed deep sadness, and condemned the attack in the strongest terms.

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She sent her sincere condolences to the families of the deceased victims, as she prayed for the repose of their souls.

He said the Acting Governor also commiserated with the attacked churches and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.

When contacted, the Kaduna Command Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammad Jalige, also confirmed the incident, saying the attack happened on Sunday while worshippers are in church.

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