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Catholic seminarian burned alive as bandits destroy church in Kaduna



A seminarian, Na’aman Danlami was burnt alive as bandits destroyed St. Raphael Parish in Fadan Kamantan, Kafanchan Diocese, Kaduna state.

The bandits reportedly invaded the parish house in the late hours of Thursday, September 7, 2023, and set it on fire.

It was learnt that some priests escaped, but Danlami, who was serving as a seminarian at the church, was caught by the fire.

The body of the deceased has been deposited at the mortuary.

In a related development, the Kaduna State Police Command has arrested 13 suspected kidnappers and killed four in the past 30 days.

The command’s acting Public Relations Officer, ASP Nasir Hassan, made the disclosure at a news conference in Kaduna on Thursday.

According to him, the suspects were arrested based on intelligence reports. He added that the police killed four others on different occasions during the exchange of gunfire.

Hassan also disclosed that the command arrested no fewer than 10 suspected members of a street gang popularly known as Sara-Suka.

Items recovered from the suspects, according to him, include two AK-47 rifles, three locally made revolvers, two motorcycles, and 15 live cartridges.

Other items recovered were three mobile phones and three bags of dried leaves suspected to be hemp.

Hassan said that all the suspects would be charged in court upon the completion of investigations.

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