Shooting at Nigeria church leaves 12 dead, say hospital sources

Why lone gunman mowed down 8 worshippers in Anambra Catholic Church

Shooting at Nigeria church leaves 12 dead, say hospital sources

A gunman killed 12 worshippers and injured several in an early morning attack on Sunday at St. Philip Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Anambra state in south-eastern Nigeria.

Umar told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka that the remains of the dead had been deposited at Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi.

Meanwhile, the Anambra State Police Commissioner, Umar Baba Garba, has debunked reports of the number of deaths, saying that only eight people died in the attack, while 18 others were injured.

In contrast, Anambra State Police Commissioner Garba Umar said the attacker was a lone gunman, who "went on a shooting spree, killing and wounding" worshippers.

The rampaging gun men shot at worshippers during an early morning mass in the church killing 6 females and 1 male while four persons sustained various degrees of injuries. Worshippers who escaped the attack said the gunmen who all communicated in Igbo Language killed many worshippers and fled the scene.

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The source, however, said the priest of the church was not wounded in the incident.

"He stated, that such conduct shows the people behind the act do not fear God", but that the police had launched a manhunt of those behind the act, even as he assured that everybody behind the act would be brought to justice.

"He said the police were on top of the situation".

DAILY POST gathered that on getting to the church, he had left and out of anger, probably, they rained bullets on worshippers in the church.

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