(15:25) Gunman Kills 8, Injured 18 inside Anambra Catholic Church | Attacker Not Boko Haram-Police
Anambra State Police Command on Sunday confirmed the death of eight catholic worshippers and18 injured when gunmen invaded St. Philip Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of state.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar, said in Awka that the remains of the dead had been deposited at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi.
Umar also said that the injured were taken to the hospital.
He said that preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the attack was carried out by a native of the area.
“From our findings, it is very clear that the person who carried the attack must be an indigene of the area.
“We gathered that worshippers for 6 o’clock Sunday mass at St. Philip Ozobulu were in the service when a gunman dressed in black attire covering his face with a cap entered the church and moved straight to a particular direction and opened fire.
“The man after shooting at his targeted victims still went on a shooting spree, killing and wounding other worshippers,’’ he said
The commissioner said information available to police showed that the attacker was speaking Igbo at the time he was firing at worshippers.
Umar said though no arrest had been made, the police already learnt that the attack followed a quarrel between two natives of Ozubulu residing overseas.
Describing the act as sacrilegious, the commissioner of police said it was wrong for the perpetrators of the act to extend their quarrel into the church.
He added: “Such conduct shows the people behind the act do not fear God.’’
He said the police had launched a manhunt on those behind the act and gave an assurance that everybody behind the act would be brought to justice.
Umar described any insinuation that the attack was carried out by Boko Haram elements as false and urged the people to go about their normal businesses.
He said the police were on top of the situation.’’
(1300hr) Gunmen Invade Anambra Catholic Mass, killed, shoot over 100 worshippers
Gunmen today, August 6, 2017, invaded St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra and killed several worshippers.
The exact number of worshippers killed is still unknown at the time of time of filing this report.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the gunmen went into the church during the 5:45 am mass and identified a particular man and shot him.
The gunmen later went on a rampage and shot at the remaining worshippers numbering over 100.
Scores of people were killed in the church while other critically injured worshippers died on the way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi.
The source, however, said the priest of the church was not wounded in the incident.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Garba Umar, confirmed the incidence, adding that more details would be given after investigations.