Gunmen Attack Church In Southeastern Nigeria, 8 Killed

Marsha Scott
August 7, 2017

The Police have put the number of deaths from gunmen attack at the St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra on Sunday morning at about 11.

Earlier reports had said the killings were done by gunmen, with rumours that some Boko Haram elements carried out the attack.

On getting to the church, he had left and out of anger, probably, they rained bullets on worshippers in the church.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Police Commissioner in Anambra, Garba Umar, had confirmed that eight persons died and 18 others sustained various degrees of injuries in the attack.

Chukwuma Emeka said he had just stepped out of the church to stretch his legs "when I heard gunshots and screaming and people running inside".

"The man, after shooting at his targeted victim, still went on a shooting spree, killing and wounding other worshippers", the police commissioner said.

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However, Witnesses said five gunmen in masks stormed the church and opened fire on worshippers.

Umar, however, explained that the attack was not unconnected to what he described as gang violence between some indigenes of the state.

Governor Obiano visited Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi where he sympathised with the injured victims and noted that the incident was not a church invasion.

However, police believe that a man the gunmen were hunting for was not present in the church and so escaped the attack. "I pray that God grants the soul of the departed eternal rest as I urge the security agents to fish out the perpetrators and make them face the law", he said.

National Secretary of the union, Shuaibu Usman Leman, who said the statement described the attack as "despicable cowardly act allegedly by a lone wolf, the attack is unequivocally detestable and must be addressed with all the seriousness it deserves and swiftly too".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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