At least 50 worshipers of St Francis Catholic Church have been killed by gunmen in Owo town, Ondo state, southwestern Nigeria, local media reported.
The gunmen entered the church and shot at the congregation during a service to mark the holiday of Pentecost, witnesses said.
After visiting the church and hospital, state lawmaker Ogunmolasuyi Oluwole told the Associated Press that children were among the dead.
In a series of tweets, Ondo state Governor Rotimi Akeredolu called it a “vile and satanic attack” on innocent people .
He appealed for calm urging people not to take the law into their own hands.
President Muhammadu Buhari said “only fiends from the nether region” could have done this “dastardly act”.