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Another church tragedy in Nigeria as suspected terrorists attack during mass in Ondo, scores dead

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Barely a week after a stampede in a Nigerian church killed more than twenty people, another tragedy has hit the “house of God” with scores killed after suspected terrorists attacked St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Owo Ondo State.

The attack reportedly happened as service got underway on Sunday morning at the main community parish when attackers started firing live rounds on congregants before detonating explosives already planted in the church.

A member of the state’s House of Assembly representing the constituency, Olayemi Adeyemi, alleged while speaking to newsmen that the attack was perpetrated by terrorists from the Fulani ethnic.

“Fulani herdsmen entered our community and started shooting, they killed about 28 people and dozens were severely injured,”

Meanwhile, Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has confirmed the incident and commiserated with the community over the attack in a statement retrieved on his Twitter handle.

“I am deeply saddened by the unprovoked attack and killing of innocent people of Owo, worshiping at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Today. The vile & satanic attack is a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of Owo Kingdom who have enjoyed relative peace over the years.” Akeredolu tweeted.

Nigeria has witnessed a lot of acts of terror-linked with the ethnic stock of the Fulani. Although there is a long history of conflicts between pastoralists and herders, it is observed that the conflicts, turned into attacks, have become more pronounced in the last ten years.

A report titled, ‘Working Document — Fulani Militias’ Terror: Compilation of News (2017-2020),’ retrieved on Thisdaylive.com revealed blood-curdling statistics of vicious attacks, deaths, and kidnappings by the herdsmen. It says between 201,7 and May 2, 2020, Fulani herdsmen conducted 654 attacks, killed 2,539 and kidnapped 253 people in Nigeria.

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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