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At least eight dead in shooting spree during Sunday Mass in Nigeria

07 August, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • At least eight dead in shooting spree during Sunday Mass in Nigeria

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".

Police were at pains to stress this was not a Boko Haram attack in part because the terrorist group has become infamous for its assaults on churches, especially on Sundays and major feast days such as Easter and Christmas.

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

Umar said the attack was carried out by a native of the area.

Some residents and people of Anambra State have condemned the killing of worshippers early on Sunday morning at St. Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu community of the State.

Umar added that the injured were taken to the hospital in Nnamdi, the state's second largest city.

The attackers struck the church in Ozubulu early in the morning, said Garba Umar, head of police in Anambra state.




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

The governor said that the attackers who attacked the church opened fire when they perceived that one of the people they are targeting has his auto parked outside the church.

Security agents were said to have cordoned off the church.

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

Reports say the gunmen were hunting for a drug baron, traced him to his house but were told he had gone to church.

Mr. Oye, who described the attack as wicked, urged the security agencies to unravel those responsible for the dastardly act.

He said, "From our findings, it is very clear that the person who carried out the attack must be an indigene of the area".

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