The 2022 video of the Nigerian church attack is misrepresented as a recent connection to Palestine

Old Video from 2022 Nigeria church attack shared as recent

Claim

Nigeria – Horrific footage from inside a Church where Christians were slaughtered by Palestinian Keffiyeh wearing Jihadis as a part of the genocide in that region. MSM? Hate Marchers? Celebrities?

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Explanation

Hundreds of civilians were killed when the Palestinian Islamist organization Hamas launched surprise attacks against Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7, 2023. In retaliation, Israel declared war on Hamas and launched an air and ground assault on Gaza, which has killed more Palestinians to date. Viral claims associating it with the current state of warfare have been all over the internet since the conflict started.

This 16-second viral video, which was allegedly posted on December 30, 2023, depicts a church with numerous dead people lying on the floor in a pool of their blood. Nearly every bench in the church looks empty. This video is shared with a claim stating, “Horrific footage from inside a Church of Nigeria where Christians were slaughtered by Palestinian Keffiyeh wearing Jihadis as a part of the genocide in that region.” You can view related posts with similar claims here and here.


What’s the truth?

Upon using relevant keywords like “Nigeria church attack” and “Christians slaughtered inside a church,” we came across many articles dated back to June 2022.

According to an article from the BBC, “In the end, eyewitnesses say at least 50 bodies – some of them children – were left strewn across the church floors, while many more were injured. This was a surprise attack. Owo is relatively peaceful and has been spared the wanton killings that seem to happen weekly across Nigeria. There is nothing that links herders to the church attack, who are easily scapegoated for such killings. However, they have been accused of similar attacks in the past, especially in central Nigeria, where the conflict between herders and farmers for land has been especially fierce.”

When we advanced our search, we found an article from Al Jazeera, “Gunmen with explosives stormed St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo town in Ondo State and opened fire, killing at least 50 people.”

The article also added that “No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. Parts of Nigeria are struggling with security issues but Ondo is widely known as one of Nigeria’s most peaceful states. The state, though, has been caught up in an increasingly violent conflict between farmers and nomadic herders.”

“It is not clear whether these armed groups have infiltrated the southwest, and carried out the attack … but we know there have been several attacks between local farmers and cattle herders in that area, at some point the states in the region have set up their vigilantes and chase out these cattle herders,” Idris Al Jazeera’s reporter said.

Additionally, it says, “There have also been unverified reports of groups like Boko Haram and its offshoot the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) setting up sleeper cells in central Nigeria, parts of which border the southwest.”

Besides we found a YouTube video from WION news that discusses the June 2022 church attack in Nigeria.

The information presented above makes it evident that the widely circulated rumors that the Nigerian Church was attacked by Palestinians are entirely untrue and deceptive. The reason behind this attack is still not clear, as per the above sources.

Conclusion:

Thus, we deduce that the alleged footage purporting to show numerous dead bodies in a Nigerian church is an outdated clip from 2022. There is no connection between this horrific attack and the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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