Owo Church massacre: Identities of two arrested ISWAP terrorists revealed

Owo Church massacre: Identities of two arrested ISWAP terrorists revealed

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Following the attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, months ago, two additional terrorists associated to be members of the Islamic State of the West African Province (ISWAP) have been arrested.

Recall that the Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, had on Tuesday affirmed that around five terrorists connected to the attack were arrested in the State.

Barely two days after the report, the Military High Command on Thursday unveiled that two extra terrorists who killed over 40 worshippers in the church on June 5 have been seized.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Director of Defense Information, Major General Jimmy Akpor.

Uncovering details of the suspects, Gen. Akpor said they are: Al-Qasim Idris and Abdulhaleem Idris.

He expressed that the suspected terrorists were arrested at Omialafara (Omulafa), Ose Local Government Area, Ondo State, on Tuesday through the joint endeavors of the military and the Department of State Services, DSS.

The statement reads partly, “Barely few hours after the disclosure by the CDS of the arrest of 4 of the Owo Catholic Church attackers, 2 additional ISWAP terrorists, who were also connected to the attack on the church were apprehended at Omialafara (Omulafa), Ose LGA, Ondo State yesterday, 9 August 2022.

“The arrests were made through the collaborative effort by military and DSS personnel. The suspects are Al-Qasim Idris and Abdulhaleem Idris.

“It is instructive to note that Abdulhaleem, alongside other high profile ISWAP Commanders, had also previously coordinated attacks on military targets in Okene, Okene LGA, Kogi State resulting in casualties”.

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