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Why lone gunman mowed down 8 worshippers in Anambra Catholic Church

07 August 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the Ozubulu Church attack in Anambra State by a yet to be identified gunmen, describing the incident as "an appalling crime against humanity and unspeakable sacrilege".

He promised that the state government would pay the hospital bills of the victims.

Twelve worshippers were shot dead at a church in southeast Nigeria on Sunday, with authorities suggesting the bloodshed was due to a local feud.

Also, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has visited the parish with the Police Commissioner in the state, Garba Umar and assured that the perpetrators would be brought to book.

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A witness, who simply identified herself as a choir member, said the gunman left immediately into a waiting auto with a driver.

The Rights group demanded the sack of the Anambra State Police commissioner and the Director of State services (DSS) for sleeping on their constitutional duties which allowed armed freelance killers to embark on this despicable rampage with far reaching damages to many precious lives of worshippers.

"The gunmen came thinking that their target was in the church but incidentally he was not", Umar said, adding that the violence may be linked to drug-trafficking.

However, Witnesses said five gunmen in masks stormed the church and opened fire on worshippers.

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Mr. Oye, who described the attack as wicked, urged the security agencies to unravel those responsible for the dastardly act. The police have launched a manhunt on those behind the attack.

Chief Jude Emecheta, who hails from Ozubulu, told NAN that "a dark cloud has befallen my peaceful town".

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

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Why lone gunman mowed down 8 worshippers in Anambra Catholic Church