Five suspects arrested in Nigeria Catholic church massacre



Nigeria has arrested five suspects in an Islamist militant attack in a Catholic church that killed 40 people in early June, Chief of Defence Staff General Leo Irabor said on Tuesday.

Nigerian authorities have said they suspect in-surgent group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) carried out the massacre of members of a congregation inside the St Francis Catholic Church in Ondo state on June 5.

ISWAP is waging an insurgency in the northeast but claims that it carried out the attack far away from its enclave have raised concern that the group is ex-panding its footprint in Nigeria.

Irabor said in a statement in Abuja that the at-tackers were arrested during joint operations involv-ing the armed forces, the Department of Security Services and police. He did not say where and when the arrests were made.—Reuters


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