15 Killed As Gunman Attacks St Phillips Catholic Church, Amakwa Ozubulu in Anambra
Fifteen (15) people were killed in a church called St Phillips Catholic Church, Amakwa Ozubulu, Ekwusigo local government area (LGA) of Anambra state, on Sunday, August 6, 2017.
Though fifteen (15) people were confirmed dead some people say up to 47 might have been killed.
An eyewitness explained that one gunman, who concealed his identity with a cap, entered into the church early this morning around 6am when the first mass service was going on.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted an eyewitness saying after the gunman entered into the church, he identified a particular man whom he shot.
Our source reportedly explained that some church members (victims) who sustained serious injuries died while on their way to the hospital “Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital” in Nnewi, Anambra state capital.
Security personnel have cordoned off the church (the scene of the attack), which has since been deserted by survived church members.
Anambra state Governor, Willie Obiano, and one of his commissioners, Garba Umar, commissioner of police, have visited the church to see the scene of the attack.
Governor Obiano said that preliminary investigations by the police showed that the attack was executed by a native of that very area.
“From our findings, it is obvious that the gunmen who executed the attack must be an indigene of the area,” Garba Umar said.
“We gathered that church worshippers for 6 o’clock Sunday mass at St. Philips Catholic Church Amakwa Ozobulu were in the service when a gunman dressed in black cloth covering his face with a cap gained entry into the church and moved directly to a particular direction and stated shooting.
“The gunman after shooting at his targeted victims still went ahead on a shooting spree, killing and wounding other church members.”