Gunmen Attack Church In Southeastern Nigeria, 8 Killed

Violet Powell
August 7, 2017

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

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

According to the President, there is no religion that does not lay constant emphasis on the sanctity of life, and that "all Nigerians must rise up and speak with one voice against these remorseless evil men".

He said the NUJ "shares the grief of the Catholic Church and wishes to condole with the Government, and people of Anambra state as well as the families of the deceased over the unfortunate incident".

Anambra Governor Willie Obiano visited the attack site and condemned it as "dastardly".

The police in Nigeria on Sunday confirmed that eight worshipers were killed and 18 others injured in an early morning attack on St. Philip Catholic Church in Ozubulu area of the southeast Anambra State.

The gunmen went to the church looking for the son of a local chief, and opened fire on the parishioners when they could not find him, Umeagbalasi said.

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Local rights activist Emeka Umeagbalasi said his information about the motive largely concurred with that of the police version.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The governor, however, reassured them that the suspects and all those involved in perpetrating such heinous crimes would be brought to book while the government would take up the bills of the hospitalised persons.

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.

Security personnel have cordoned off the church, which has since been deserted by worshippers.

"From our findings the act was carried out by a native of the area", he said.

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