Gunman attacks southeast Nigeria church, 8 killed

Why lone gunman mowed down 8 worshippers in Anambra Catholic Church

He said: "This is tragic; the church is a place of refuge to anyone who runs into it, and this wicked, barbaric and mindless bloodletting, shows that something has gone wrong on our psyche".

On getting to the church, he had left and out of anger, probably, they rained bullets on worshippers in the church.

At least 12 people have been killed after a group of unidentified gunmen stormed a church in southeast Nigeria and went on a shooting spree.

Nigeria is wracked by insecurity, with Islamist insurgency Boko Haram having killed more than 20,000 people since 2009, sparking one of the world's largest humanitarian crises.

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He said the NUJ "shares the grief of the Catholic Church and wishes to condole with the Government, and people of Anambra state as well as the families of the deceased over the unfortunate incident".

Umar, however, explained that the attack was not unconnected to what he described as gang violence between some indigenes of the state.

The attackers then went to the church to hunt for him, but could not find the intended target and became angry, he said.

"We gathered that worshippers for 6 o'clock Sunday mass at St. Philip Ozobulu were in the service when a gunman dressed in black attire covering his face with a cap entered the church and moved straight to a particular direction and opened fire".

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He also said that the report that the men came in their number was untrue, saying that only one gun man carried out the attack.

Governor Obiano visited Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi where he sympathised with the injured victims and noted that the incident was not a church invasion.

The Police Commissioner however said the force has deployed its men to strategic locations in the community and the State to beef security and subsequently apprehend those who carried out the heinous act.

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