Nigeria arrests suspects in church massacre

Originall published in Christian News

Nigeria has arrested suspects in an Islamist militant attack in a Catholic church that killed 40 people two months ago, Chief of Defence Staff General Leo Irabor told local media on Tuesday.

Irabor said the attackers were arrested during joint operations involving the armed forces, the Department of Security Services and police, privately-owned Channels TV reported.

It was not immediately clear how many suspects had been taken into custody or where and when the arrests were made.

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Nigerian authorities have said they suspect insurgent group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) carried out the massacre of members of a congregation inside the St Francis Catholic Church in the southwestern state of Ondo on June 5.

Bishop Jude Arogundade of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ondo told The Christian Post the massacre “left the entire community broken” and the “entire diocese shattered.”

He described the southwestern portion of Nigeria where the diocese is located as a “stable part of Nigeria” and said it has “never had this kind of incident before”.

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