Gunmen Attack Catholic Church In Amambra

Victims of gunmen attack on Catholic Church

Gunmen Attack Church In Southeastern Nigeria, 8 Killed

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

"At the point when the mayhem died down I went inside, I saw my kindred church individuals dead in their very own pool blood and numerous others were shouting in torment".

"Today, all of us, as Nigerians have been attacked by this senseless act committed by evil people".

There were varying accounts of what happened in Ozubulu.

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

"So far, 12 persons have been confirmed dead and deposited in the mortuary here while several persons are receiving medical attention", a staff worker at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital in Nnewi, where the victims were admitted, told AFP.

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.

He said the violence was the result of a failed murder attempt, tied to a feud within the local community.

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He explained that the police concluded that it was the work of an indigene because the attacker was speaking undiluted Igbo language at the time he was firing at worshippers.

"Today, my heart goes out to Nigeria's Christian community, Gov. Willy Obiano, the people of Anambra and the families of the victims and the survivors of this awful massacre".

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara has also expressed displeasure over the attack, describing it as abominable, barbaric and inhuman.

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