Catholic church attack kills dozens in otherwise peaceful part of Nigeria
Shannon Longworth: THIS IS THE DAMAGE LEFT BEHIND AFTER ATTACKERS OPENED FIRE INSIDE A CATHOLIC CHURCH IN NIGERIA OVER THE WEEKEND.
EARLIER TODAY — CHURCH OFFICIALS SAID AS THE THE ATTACK WAS HAPPENING — MORE GUNMEN WAITED OUTSIDE TO KILL THOSE WHO TRIED TO FLEE.
Father Vincent Anadi | Parish Priest at St. Francis Catholic Church: “I saw people running helter skelter in the town and saying, ‘they are coming, they are coming.’ So I was trying to look for the shortest part to get back to the parish. It was in that instance that I saw two of my altar servers, who stopped me and said, ‘Father, father, father, stop, stop. Don’t go to the parish. They are killing people in the parish.’ And I said, ‘which people?’ They said, ‘they don’t know.’”
Shannon Longworth: AS OF EARLIER THIS MORNING — THE GUNMEN HAVE NOT BEEN CAUGHT — AND NO ONE’S CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ATTACK.
WHILE NORTHERN NIGERIA HAS BATTLED AN ISLAMIC INSURGENCY FOR MORE THAN 13 YEARS -THE ATTACK HAPPENED IN THE SOUTHWESTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY – WHICH HAS LONG BEEN CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST PEACEFUL REGIONS.