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Police Arrest Gunmen Who Attacked And Shot Dead Worshipers Inside Anambra Church

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The Police have arrested some suspects allegedly involved in the killing of 12 worshipers at the St. Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu area of Anambra State. The state governor, Willie Obiano, who visited the scene of the attack had promised that investigations would commence immediately to bring the perpetrators to book.

While giving an account of the incident on Sunday, the state commissioner of police, Garba Umar, revealed that the gunmen went into the church during an early morning mass and shot sporadically at worshipers.

He also explained that the attack was not unconnected to what he described as gang violence between some indigenes of the state. He said; “Information further revealed that this is not unconnected to a kind of a ‘gang war’ between indigenes of the state, the children of the same village, who are engaged in a warfare outside Nigeria, precisely in South Africa”.

Many people, according to him, sustained serious gunshot wounds in the attack while some of the victims died on their way to the hospital.

President Muhammadu Buhari, while commenting on the incident, condemned the attack, describing it as an unspeakable sacrilege. Expressing his grief in a strongly worded statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said that “there was no justification whatsoever to target church worshipers and kill them in cold blood.

He, however, reassured Nigerians of his administration’s firm and uncompromising commitment to protecting their lives and property at all times.

It was gathered that Monday has been set aside as a day of mourning for the victims.


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