12 killed in Nigeria church shooting; drug lords suspected

Why lone gunman mowed down 8 worshippers in Anambra Catholic Church

Gunmen Attack Church In Southeastern Nigeria, 8 Killed

"Our security forces must not stop until everyone involved in the orchestration and execution of today's massacre in St. Philip's Catholic Church is brought to book by the strong arm of justice".

"At the point when the mayhem died down I went inside, I saw my kindred church individuals dead in their very own pool blood and numerous others were shouting in torment".

The attack took place at around 6am at St. Philip's church in Ozubulu, near the city of Onitsha, witnesses said.

He extended his heartfelt condolences to families of the victims, people and government of Anambra state, Nigeria and the Catholic Church over the sad and unfortunate incident.

There were varying accounts of what happened in Ozubulu.

"The man after shooting at his targeted victims still went on a shooting spree, killing and wounding other worshippers".

Several worshippers with gunshot wounds were receiving treatment at the hospital, the source said.

Police said the shooting was the effect of a fight between Nigerians from Ozubulu who were living overseas.

The commissioner said information available to police showed that the attacker was speaking undiluted Igbo Language at the time he was firing at worshippers.

The governor said that the attackers who attacked the church opened fire when they perceived that one of the people they are targeting has his auto parked outside the church.

The party a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, August 6, commiserated with the government and the people of Anambra state on the incident which led to the death of scores of worshipers.

Speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara called the attack "barbaric. the height of wickedness".

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