Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have killed two priests at St. Ignatius’ Catholic Church, Ayar, Gwer east local government area of Benue state.
Moses Iorapuu, director of the Catholic archdiocese of Makurdi, confirmed the attack, blaming it on “Jihadists”.
The gunmen were said to have opened fire on the worshipers after invading the church during an early morning mass.
The deceased priests were identified as Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha.
A witness told TheCable that a mammoth crowd thronged the Bishop Murray Medical Centre, Makurdi, on Tuesday to witness the depositing of the remains of slain priests.
“They (the priests) were brought in amid much wailing and sorrow from the crowd of mourners,” he said.
“The remains of the slain priests were an ugly sight to behold as their killers had butchered and mutilated their bodies hideously.
“Some of the locals who escaped the attack and fled to Makurdi were among the crowd at the hospital.”
SOURCE: The Cable