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Hoodlums attack church, kill 3 worshippers in Ebonyi

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The Catholic Bishop of Abakaliki Diocese, Most Rev. Peter Nworie, has condemned the killing on Christmas Eve of three worshippers by suspected hoodlums during a vigil mass on Sunday night.

Nworie disclosed this at Monday’s Christmas service at Saint Theresa Cathedral Church, saying that the killing occurred at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Nkweagu, in Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State at 11:30 pm on Sunday.

The bishop described the incident as sad and disheartening and he prayed for the repose of their souls.

He explained that the suspected killers invaded the church while a priest was celebrating a vigil mass service and killed and injured many others.

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According to Nworie, such an unfortunate act had never happened in the church in the state.

“This is the first time such an incident has happened in the church and in Ebonyi State in general,” the bishop noted.

Earlier, the cleric, in his sermon, encouraged people to align themselves with the significance and teaching of Christmas.

He urged the faithful to pray for the unity and progress of the state and nation.

All efforts to get a reaction from the Ebonyi State Police Command were fruitless, as the command has yet to have a new spokesperson.

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