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Herdsmen kill two priests, 17 worshippers in Benue church

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Two catholic priests and 17 worshippers were Tuesday morning killed by herdsmen following an attack on St. Ignatius Quasi Parish Ukpor-Mbalom in Ayar-Mbalom community of Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State.
Most of the victims were attacked while coming from morning mass.
The attackers were also said to have burnt down over 100 houses during the attack and sacked the entire community.
The attack came barely four days after the murder of ten persons by herdsmen in Guma Local Government Area and the destruction of several houses by men suspected to be military personnel in Naka, Gwer West Local Government Area of the state.
According to the Benue state commissioner of police, Fatai Owoseni the suspected herdsmen were about 30 in number and were armed with sophisticated weapons.
The police commissioner said the bandits attacked the venue of a burial ceremony and also attacked the church where the two reverend fathers were holding mass.
“We were able to recover 16 bodies from the scene of the attack and those of the two priests.”
A resident of the community said worshippers had gathered for the daily mass at about 5:30 am at St. Ignatius Catholic church when they heard gunshots.

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