Anambra Church Shooting Linked To Indigenes Living Abroad, Governor Says During Visit

07 August, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Victims of gunmen attack on Catholic Church

"This morning at about 0620hrs, we received an information that some armed men invaded St. Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu where the presiding priest was conduction an early morning mass", he said.

Attacks on churches are rare in southern Nigeria, where there is a predominantly Christian population.

"On hearing the sad development, Governor Obiano stormed the scene to ascertain the level of damage and sympathise with the people".

Garba Umar, the Anambra State police chief, said the violence was tied to a feud within the local community.

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.

"So far, 12 persons have been confirmed dead and deposited in the mortuary here", a worker at Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital told AFP.

"The man after shooting at his targeted victims still went on a shooting spree, killing and wounding other worshippers, " he said.

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"This is tragic; the church is a place of refuge to anyone who runs into it, and this wicked, barbaric and mindless bloodletting, shows that something has gone wrong on our psyche. 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".

The union in a statement said the attack "raises concern over Nigeria's gradual drift to anarchy".

A witness said some gunmen, who concealed their identities with masks, broke into the church around 6am when the first mass service was holding.

"Such violent incidents dehumanise our society".

He said the gunmen later went on a rampage and opened fire at the remaining worshipers numbering over 100, noting that scores of people were killed on the spot.

"Nobody has the right to kill innocent citizens".

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