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Muslim youths destroy Catholic Church property, attack worshippers

By News Express on 16/07/2016

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A group of Muslim youths on Friday attacked St. Philip’s Catholic Parish, Baki Iku, very close to Zuma Rock in Niger State.

According to eyewitnesses, some Catholics had gone to the church to pray and were attacked by the Muslims who claimed that Friday is their day of prayer and that the church only has right to worship on Sundays.

Eyewitnesses said the attackers destroyed church property. “Some soldiers managed to get there later but a lot of harm had already been done to the building, while the Christians ran away in different directions to avoid being killed,” one eyewitness said.

Rev. Fr. Luka Sylvester Gopep, the Vicar-General of the Diocese, confirmed the incident.

According to him, “Sometime around 2pm, some Muslim youths in their hundreds left their mosque after their Friday Jumat prayer and rushed to the church premises, climbed the wall and destroyed everything in the church: the windows, the alter, musical instruments, the chapel. The security man in the church premises was beaten to a pulp. Some women who were holding a prayer meeting were chased away. The seminarian who is resident in the premises was also beaten up and chased away.”

News Express recalls that Alhaji Kabiru Sokoto had on Christmas day four years ago, detonated a bomb that killed several Catholics and passersby at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, close to St. Philips.

•Photo courtesy of shows the attacked Catholic Church.

Source News Express

Posted 16/07/2016 2:03:05 PM

 

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