Over 40 people have been reportedly killed in an attack at St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, in Owo town, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
It was learnt that the incident happened in the church, which is less than 200 meters away from the Palace of Olowo of Owo.
Workers at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, confirmed that many people were brought in dead on Sunday.
The attack was carried out during the Sunday mass, according to the report.
A viral online video showed some worshippers being killed and lying on the floor of the church in the pool of their blood.
One of the health workers on duty at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, where the casualties were taken to said over 50 people had been brought to the hospital.
He said, “They are still bringing people to the hospital, some have been confirmed dead while some are still breathing. But for now, I can’t specify the number of those dead.”
A source in the palace told correspondents that there is tension and panic in the area.
He said, “The church that was attacked was at the back of the palace and we are still wondering how gunmen could carry out such an attack at the centre of the town. This is unbelievable. Kabiyesi will soon state the incident.”
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, said the command was yet to ascertain the cause of the incident.