Turkey condemns terrorist attack on church in Nigeria

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    Turkey on Tuesday condemned a terrorist attack on a church in Nigeria that left at least 15 people dead.

    "We have learnt with sorrow that numerous people lost their lives as a result of a terrorist attack on a church in Nigeria’s Benue state," Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    "We condemn this heinous attack and convey our condolences to the people and government of Nigeria.”

    Earlier Tuesday, Terver Akase, a spokesman for the north central Benue government, told reporters that 15 people were killed when attackers stormed the Catholic church in Ayer-Mbalom town.

    Catholic authorities confirmed that two priests — Rev. Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha — were killed in the violence, which they blamed on herders.

    Rev. Fr. Moses Iorapuu, a spokesman for the Catholic church, said in a statement that the attackers struck during early morning mass.

    President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killings in a statement.

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