APC: Attack on Catholic church barbaric

Marie Harrington
August 7, 2017

A Catholic church in Ozubulu community of Anambra state was attacked this morning by armed men allegedly looking for the father of a drug lord based in South Africa.

"My heart goes out to the families of the victims and the survivors of this awful massacre and the government and people of Anambra State".

Some residents and people of Anambra State have condemned the killing of worshippers early on Sunday morning at St. Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu community of the State.

According to the priest, an unidentified man came into the Church, shot at a man before shooting sporadically at other worshippers.

He said the gunmen later went on a rampage and opened fire at the remaining worshipers numbering over 100, noting that scores of people were killed on the spot.

Governor Obiano also visited Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi to sympathise with the injured victims who were being treated at the medical facility.

A witness, who simply identified herself as a choir member, said that the church was dark as there was no light.

She said that the generating set suddenly developed fault; so, the mass proceeded with the congregation using candle light.

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Anambra Police Commissioner Garba Umar confirmed the toll in remarks made before the media at the scene of the incident.

"My heart goes to the bereaved at this moment of pain". The gunmen were reportedly dressed in black and their faces were covered.

"Such violent incidents dehumanise our society".

The party denounced the barbarism displayed by the "callous attackers" who gunned down "defenceless people" while they worshiped.

No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack so far.

He noted that police had launched a manhunt on those behind the act and gave an assurance that that everybody behind the act would be brought to justice.

"This is sacrilegious, totally unacceptable in Anambra State", Obiano said.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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