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Why lone gunman mowed down 8 worshippers in Anambra Catholic Church

Why lone gunman mowed down 8 worshippers in Anambra Catholic Church

Several worshippers with gunshot wounds were receiving treatment at the hospital, the source said.

However, police believe that a man the gunmen were hunting for was not present in the church and so escaped the attack.

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

About 50 worshippers at the St. Philip's Catholic Church, Ugwu Oye in Ozubulu, Anambra State, have been reported dead following the invasion of their Sunday service by unknown gunmen.

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

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

Gunmen this morning at about 7.30am Sunday, invaded St. Phillip's Catholic Church in Ozubulu, Anambra State killing worshippers during the 7am mass.

Security agents were said to have cordoned off the church.

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On his part, Oseloka Obaze, a former Secretary to Anambra Government, said such callous attacks dehumanised the society.

"When the chaos subsided I went inside, I saw my fellow church members dead in a pool of their own blood and many others were screaming in pain", said Chukwuma Emeka, a witness.

"Such violent incidents dehumanise our society".

"Nobody has the right to kill innocent citizens".

He noted that police had launched a manhunt on those behind the act and gave an assurance that that everybody behind the act would be brought to justice.

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

He said that so far no arrest has been made and preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the attack was carried out by natives of the area.


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