Saturday, 18 August, 2018

APC: Attack on Catholic church barbaric

Why lone gunman mowed down 8 worshippers in Anambra Catholic Church Why lone gunman mowed down 8 worshippers in Anambra Catholic Church
Andrew Cummings | 07 August, 2017, 01:27

The Anambra State Police Command has confirmed eleven worshippers dead after the Sunday attack on St Phillips Catholic Church, Ozugbulu in Ekwusigo Local Government area of the State.

They opened "fire on parishioners and shot indiscriminately", he said, adding that the father of the intended target was shot and wounded.

It called on security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of the crime were promptly apprehended and brought to justice.

The gunmen, witnesses further said, first separated a group of worshipers from the rest and started executing them with gunfire.

According to the priest, an unidentified man came into the Church, shot at a man before shooting sporadically at other worshippers.

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

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An eyewitness, who identified herself as a choir member, said the church was dark as there was no light.

Governor Obiano also visited Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi to sympathise with the injured victims who were being treated at the medical facility.

Confirming the attack, Garba Umar, police chief in charge of the state told reporters that more details would be given after investigations, without revealing the exact number of people killed in the incident.

Umar said no arrest had been made, but the police gathered the attack was a fallout of a quarrel between two natives of Ozubulu residing overseas.

He expressed sadness over the incident via twitter saying: "I join all Nigerians in grieving today's horrific massacre of innocent worshippers in St. Philip's Catholic Church in Anambra State".

He said: "As a political leader, I totally condemn the Ozubulu Church shooting as dastardly, unjustifiable and callous".

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