Mass Shooting in Nigerian Church: At Least 8 Killed, 18 Injured

Aaron Brown
August 7, 2017

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has described Sunday's attack on worshippers in a Catholic church in Anambra state as abominable, barbaric, inhuman, and the height of wickedness.

"When the chaos subsided I went inside, I saw my fellow church members dead in a pool of their own blood and many others were screaming in pain", said Chukwuma Emeka, a witness.

Either one man or a larger group of gunmen, depending on various accounts, entered the church seeking a specific individual described in media reports as a local drug baron, after looking for him at his home and being informed he was at Mass.

Chief Osita Chidoka, a former Minister of Aviation, said he was saddened by the incident.

"On hearing the sad development, Governor Obiano stormed the scene to ascertain the level of damage and sympathise with the people".

Initially, the police in Anambra state confirmed that only one gunman killed eight worshippers and injured 18 others in the attack.

Garba linked the attack to a lone gunman who he said spoke local Igbo dialect.

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The governor, however, reassured them that the suspects and all those involved in perpetrating such heinous crimes would be brought to book while the government would take up the bills of the hospitalised persons.

The shooting is said to have occurred during church service while worshipers were still inside the church building on Sunday morning.

He said the gunmen then went on rampage and "shot at the remaining worshippers numbering over 100".

Attacks on churches are rare in southern Nigeria, where there is a predominantly Christian population.

He added that the remains of the dead had been deposited at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi.

Security agents were said to have cordoned off the church.

"From our findings, it is very clear that the person who carried the attack must be an indigene of the area", he said.

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