Owo attack: 22 confirmed dead, 19 injured — Ondo

St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo Ondo after gunmen attack

Ondo State Government on Tuesday said it can confirm that at least 22 worshippers died following Sunday’s attack by gunmen at St Francis Catholic Church in Owo.

Commissioner for health Dr Banjo Ajaka said in Akure that 88 worshippers were affected by the attack.

Ajaka further noted that 18 people are on admission at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo and St. Louis Hospital. He said about seven people were treated on outpatient basis at St. Louis hospital, adding that four victims have been treated and discharged.

According to him, “The total involved as of today is 88. And the breakdown is this; out of the 88, we have confirmed 22 dead.

“So, there were about seven people treated on an outpatient basis at St. Louis hospital. There are 19 on admission at the same hospital.

“The dastardly act left so many dead and others injured. We have relocated to Owo since that day and the governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is coordinating us here. We are here to ensure that we track everybody involved.

“Presently, 66 worshippers survived the attack. This morning, a three-year old child was admitted as a result of the blast. The baby was still in shock due to the sound of the explosion.”

The attack has received widespread condemnation.