BREAKING: Gunmen storm Catholic Church in Katsina, kill priest, kidnap another

Fr Alphonsus Bello
BREAKING: Gunmen storm Catholic Church in Katsina, kill priest, kidnap another
By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Some unknown gunmen have attacked a Catholic Church on Thursday night and kidnapped two Catholic Priests.
According to a statement issued by the National Communications Office of the Catholic Secretariat on Friday, a copy was obtained by NEWS BOOM, the gunmen stormed St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Malunfashi, Katsina state and abducted the two clerics.
 
The abducted Priests are Reverend Fathers Joe Keke and Alphonsus Bello. Fr Keke, the former parish priest, now in residence is in his late 70s while Fr Bello (parish priest) is in his 30s.
Fr Alphonsus Bello
Late Fr Alphonsus Bello
On Friday morning, the statement revealed that Fr Bello’s lifeless body was found in the farmland behind the Catechetical Training School, Malunfashi. 
The statement further noted that the whereabouts of Fr. Keke was still unknown and no contact had been made since the abduction occurred.
“Last night (20/05/2021) one of our parishes – St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Malunfashi, Katsina state – was attacked by unknown gunmen.
“Two priests were kidnapped – Frs Joe Keke & Alphonsus Bello. Fr Joe Keke, the former parish priest, now in residence is in his late 70s. Fr Alphonsus Bello (parish priest) is in his 30s.
“This morning the body of Fr Alphonsus was found (lifeless) in the farmland behind the Catechetical Traning School, Malunfashi. The whereabouts of Fr. Joe Keke is still unknown. No contact has been made thus far.
“Fr Alphonsus Bello is a Priest of Kaduna Archdiocese on Secondment  in Sokoto Diocese,” the statement disclosed.

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