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Five suspects arrested in Nigeria Catholic church massacre – SABC News

Nigeria has arrested five suspects in a militant attack on a Catholic church that killed 40 people in early June, Defense Minister General Leo Irabor said on Tuesday.

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

ISWAP is leading an insurgency in the north-east, but claims that it carried out the attack far from its base have raised concerns that the group is expanding its footprint in Nigeria.

Irabor said in a statement in Abuja that the attackers were arrested in a joint operation by the military, the Ministry of Security and the Police. He did not say where or when the arrests were made.

He said he could not identify the suspects due to ongoing investigations.

“I want to say that in time the world will see them and others who are behind other daring attacks in the country,” Irabor said.

Ondo State Governor Arakunrin Akeredolu said a person who had provided accommodation for the suspect before the attack was also arrested.

ISWAP has claimed responsibility for a number of low-level attacks as well as a daring prison break in Abuja in early July that freed more than 400 inmates.

Five suspects arrested in Nigeria Catholic church massacre – SABC News

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