Owo, Ondo, Church Shooting – at least 28 dead.
The attackers entered St Francis Xavier Catholic Church as service got underway on Sunday morning at the main community parish, an official said, firing live rounds on congregants before detonating explosives already planted in the church.
The attackers were identified by locals as being members of the ethnic Fulani stock, and a lawmaker said the tragic incident was orchestrated to send a message to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
Soldiers and partners kidnapped and brutally murdered.
The victims, A. M. Linus, said to be a Sergeant of the Nigerian Army, and his unidentified wife, said to be a lance corporal in the Army, were reportedly beheaded after being shot dead by the gunmen.
Their corpses were said to have been dismembered by the gunmen. A gory image of their heads has gone viral on various social media platforms.
A phone conversation with the suspected gunmen, believed to have been initiated by a friend to the slain female soldier, has surfaced online.
In the phone conversation, obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, a suspected gunman admitted that he killed the couple.
The army spokesperson said authorities of the Nigerian Army had commenced investigations “to unmask and bring to book the criminals behind the murder.”
Attacks by gunmen have increased in the South-east in recent times. The attacks often target security agencies and government facilities.
The Nigerian government has accused the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of being responsible for the deadly attacks in the South-east. But the group has repeatedly denied their involvement in the attacks.
Nigeria, April 2022
Soldiers disrupting elections with an extreme disposition.
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2015 – Satellite images showing damage from war. https://tangentcode.net/satellite-images-country-at-war
Video through Amaq of gunman ambushing Police standing in what looks like a market stall.