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Over 50 Feared Dead in Nigeria Church Attack, Officials Say

St. Francis Catholic Church following an explosion in Owo, Nigeria, on June 5.

St. Francis Catholic Church following an explosion in Owo, Nigeria, on June 5.

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Abuja, Nigeria (AP) -- Gunmen opened fire on worshippers and detonated explosives at a Catholic church in southwestern Nigeria on Sunday, leaving dozens feared dead, state lawmakers said.

The attackers targeted the St. Francis Catholic Church in Ondo state just as the worshippers gathered on Pentecost Sunday, legislator Ogunmolasuyi Oluwole said. Among the dead were many children, he said.