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ISWAP Behind Ondo Catholic Church Attack – FG

The Federal Government has said that the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) was behind the attack on a Catholic church in Owo, Ondo State.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola said this on Thursday while briefing State House reporters after a meeting of the National Security Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He claimed that the government had been able to locate the perpetrators of the Owo attack and zeroed in on ISWAP terrorist group.

The minister, who briefed journalists, alongside Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, said security agencies had been directed to go after the perpetrators of the act and bring them to justice.

According to the minister, the group was out to pitch Nigerians against one another and make it appear as ethno-religious war.

He explained that there was no ethnic agenda in the attack, urging Nigerians to unite and defeat the terrorists.

Recall that dozens of worshippers were killed while others injured during Sunday’s attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo.

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