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Gunmen kill six Northerners in Ondo few days after St. Francis Owo Church attack

At least six Northerners have been killed by unknown gunmen in the Sabo area of Ondo town, in Ondo state Sahara Reporters had gathered.

This is coming just three days after suspected Fulani herdsmen carried out a deadly Massacre on innocent parishioners of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Owo, Ond state.

The Sabo area of Ondo town is said to be widely dominated by Hausas.

Regarding Wednesday’s attack, the Sarkin Hausawa of Ondo, Alhaji Abdulsalam Yusuf, told Daily Trust that the gunmen stormed the area on motorbikes around 12:30 am and opened fire on innocent roadside petty traders. 

“They came to our area (Sabo) on motorbikes and each was carrying three gunmen. All of a sudden, they started shooting people who were mostly Suya and tea vendors."

"A J5 bus driver who was on transit and had stopped to eat was the first victim. They killed a ‘guardman’ (security guard) and another shopkeeper who was trying to lock up his shop and run away from the assailants.

“They again gunned down two young men who were eating noodles at a mai shayi (a tea seller) stall. That makes five victims in Sabo alone.

“Again, they struck another area called Iba where they also shot dead another man,” Yusuf said.

Yusuf also added that the attack might be a reprisal of Sunday's church attack. He also confirmed that the Hausa community in Ondo had nothing to do with the attack.

The dead victims were buried on Wednesday according to Islamic rites.

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