Worshipers killed as gunmen attack church in Anambra

Worshipers killed as gunmen attack church in Anambra

Worshipers killed as gunmen attack church in Anambra

"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.

The party a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, August 6, commiserated with the government and the people of Anambra state on the incident which led to the death of scores of worshipers.

He said the shooter had been employed to murder a nearby man who was accepted to be in St Philip's Catholic Church.

HURIWA also recalled that the gunmen then reportedly went on rampage and "shot at the remaining worshippers numbering over 100".

THISDAY gathered that about 47 persons were killed in the attack, with several others wounded and are already being attended to at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi.

She said that the generating set suddenly developed fault; so, the mass proceeded with the congregation using candles.

Anambra Police Commissioner Garba Umar confirmed the toll in remarks made before the media at the scene of the incident.

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

It condemned the barbarism displayed by the callous attackers who gunned down defenceless people while they worshiped.

No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack so far.

He added that the Inspector-General of Police has also directed a special team to launch a manhunt for those behind the killings.

Chief Jude Emecheta, who hails from Ozubulu, told NAN that "a dark cloud has befallen my peaceful town".

Mr. Emecheta, who is the Managing Director of Anambra Signage and Advertisement Agency, ANSAA, said that the losses from the attack were too much for the people to bear.

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