Pope prays for Nigeria church attack victims

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Pope Francis has prayed for the victims of an attack on a Nigerian church in which at least 25 worshippers were killed by gunmen.

A Vatican statement said he had learned of the deaths of dozens of people.

The assault took place in the southern town of Owo, in Ondo state.

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Officials there have warned the number of casualties could rise.

They say a priest and other members of the congregation were abducted by the gunmen, whose identity is unknown.

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has condemned the attack calling it “heinous”.

A week ago, the head of the country’s Methodist church was kidnapped; he was released after a ransom was paid.

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The altar and crucifix were stained with blood during the attack

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