Attack on Catholic church barbaric - APC

Attack on Catholic church barbaric - APC

He was said to have turned towards other worshippers and shot down about seven others while spraying bullets in different directions.

At around 6:00 am (0500 GMT) at least one gunman opened fire at St. Philip's church in Ozubulu, near the city of Onitsha, unleashing terror on the congregation.

Nigeria's southeast is predominantly Christian and the attack is a rare act of violence at a church. Witnesses said five gunmen in masks stormed the church, but police said the killing was the work of a lone shooter.

The deeply saddened governor asked the people to go about their businesses without fear or panic, noting that this isolated case of security breech must be followed to the root and all perpetrators must be brought to book.

Confirming the attack in Awka, state Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar, said that the remains of the dead had been deposited at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi, while the injured were taken to the hospital.

According to him, many people were injured in the attack while some of the victims died on their way to the hospital.

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

Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano said the attack stemmed from a feud between members of the local community who were living outside Nigeria.

"Information available to police showed that the attacker was speaking Igbo 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 union in a statement said the attack "raises concern over Nigeria's gradual drift to anarchy".

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