Eight Killed, 18 Injured in Early Morning Attack on St. Philip Catholic Church, Anambra

It was a black Sunday for worshippers of St. Philip Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Anambra State, when a gun man opened fire on them, killing eight and injured 18 others in the process.
The Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar, who confirmed the incident, 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.
Umar debunked the insinuation that the attack was carried out by Boko Haram terrorists, describing it as false.
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 undiluted Igbo Language 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.”

Author: News Editor

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