Tehran (IP)- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman condemned the armed attack on a Catholic church in southwestern Nigeria and expressed his condolences to the victims' government, people, and survivors.

Iran PressIran news: At least 50 worshippers have been killed, and many wounded after bombs exploded and bullets rained at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State of Southwestern Nigeria Sunday afternoon by yet unidentified gunmen.

Nigerian Medical (NMA) Association urged Nigerians in the affected area of Ondo State to go to hospitals where the injured were being treated to donate blood to save lives.

"We received with sadness the news of the wanton killing of innocent Nigerians and abduction of some citizens at Owo in Ondo State by yet-to-be-identified gunmen," said Doctor Uche Ojinmah, President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).

Saeed Khatibzadeh, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, said: "The formation of religious differences in the context of sedition among the followers of divine religions and must be eliminated." More than 50 people were killed when the armed men entered St Francis Catholic church in the town of Owo during a Sunday service.

Witnesses said they fired into the congregation and then kidnapped a priest and some other church-goers.

Attackers stormed into the church in the city of Owo and began "shooting sporadically," Adeyemi Olayemi, the legislator representing the Owo constituency in the Ondo State House of Assembly, told CNN.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.


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