The death toll in the church massacre in Kogi State has increased to 19, the police said on Tuesday.
Monday night, unidentified gunmen stormed the Deeper Life Church in Okene, during a service, killing 15 people on the spot and leaving many other worshippers injured.
One of the worshippers died on the way to hospital in Lokoja on Monday night, while another three died on Tuesday.
“The attack occurred at 8:20 pm on Monday night. The attack was from unknown gunmen at the Deeper Life Church,” said Lt. Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi, head of a military task force in Kogi.
“They were doing their normal Monday evening service. When we went there we discovered the church had been attacked. Instantly we saw 15 people dead, including the pastor,” he said.
The military has since learned that an additional four people had died from their injuries, Olorunyomi explained.
The National Emergency Management Agency’s central region chief, Ishaya Chonoko, said several people were also injured in the raid and that rescue workers were at the site.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility and Kogi State police spokesman Simon Ile told AFP there were no early indications as to the culprits.
“They entered the church…they just opened fire and they went away. We don’t know their motives yet,” he said.