Catholic Priest Stabbed During Mass At Canada’s Biggest Church

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A priest was stabbed during a live-streamed morning mass Friday at Canada’s biggest church, Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, police said.

The suspect was arrested at the Roman Catholic basilica shortly after the attack in front of 50 people and a television audience around 8:40 am (1240 GMT), while priest Claude Grou was taken to the hospital.

Police told AFP that Grou was “slightly wounded in the upper body” when, according to witnesses cited by authorities, “the suspect suddenly ran up to the priest and attacked him with a knife” while he was officiating the mass.

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The suspect was due to be interrogated shortly, while the scene has been cordoned off.

Church spokeswoman Celine Barbeau said Grou, the church’s rector, “was conscious when he left. We are hopeful he will pull through.”

Video of the attack rebroadcast by CTV showed the assailant — a tall man in jeans, a parka and a white baseball cap — chase the priest around the altar and stab him.

Grou falls to the ground, but quickly gets back up and backs away as security officers surround the suspect and detain him until police arrive.

A witness, Adele Plamondon, told public broadcaster Radio-Canada the priest was about to start reading the gospel, when “this man drew a knife and ran up to stab him.”

The suspect “did not shout, didn’t say anything” during the assault, but appeared “very determined,” Plamondon said.


Ogun: Man Beheads Two Year Old Boy After Raping Mother

Police dispatchThe Ogun State Police Command has arrested a middle age man, ‎Mahmodu Bashir, a Nigerien for beheading a two year old boy in Owode Egba area of Ogun State, South West Nigeria.

The suspect allegedly committed the crime after having a carnal knowledge of the mother of the boy, when she was easing herself in a nearby bush in Ofada town, Obafemi-Owode Local government of the state.

Eyewitness account revealed  that the suspect pounced on her with a baby tied to her back and dragged them into an uncompleted building, where he raped the woman, stabbed her and killed the boy before he severed his head.

It was gathered that someone suspected his movement, trailed him to the building but escaped and was able to rescue the woman with the headless body of the boy.

When he was arrested, the suspect led men from the Criminal Investigation Department of the State Police Command to the scene, to locate the head but was to no avail. The knife with which he perpetrated the act was only discovered at the scene.

Confirming the incident on phone, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, said that the suspect was arrested through the help of some community leader as he had fled the area to Ibafo, immediately he committed the crime.‎

Adejobi added that further investigation has  revealed that the suspect had sold the head of the boy to a woman in Ibadan, adding that the detectives from the State Police Command was on the trial of the buyer and that, ‎the command has commenced a discrete investigation on the matter.‎

Speaking with Newsmen at the scene of the crime which was stained with blood, the suspect confirmed to have raped the woman, killed her son and severed his head which he had thrown away into the bush.‎

The remains of the boy has, however, been buried while the mother has been responding to treatment at a hospital.