It was another black Sunday for people of Anambra and indeed Nigerians at large, when a group of gunmen stormed the St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra.
An eyewitness told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that the gunmen went into the church during the 5:45 a.m. mass and identified a particular man and shot him.
He said that they later went on rampage and shot at the remaining worshippers numbering over 100.
Scores of people were killed in the church while other critically injured worshippers died on the way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi.
The death toll in an attack on worshippers in a Catholic Church has increased to 11, the police have said.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Garba Umar, who provided the update said that the command would leave no turn unturned to bring the attackers to justice.
Mr. Umar, who spoke at a news conference in Awka on Sunday, gave the updated figures of casualties as 11 dead and 18 injured.
He also confirmed that the attack was mainly linked to a feud between some Igbos living abroad.
He ruled out the possibility of a terror attack, and spoke about an isolated feud between individuals in the community.
He said that the command had invited some suspects who would be useful to the investigation.
The police chief advised residents to go about their lawful businesses, assuring them that churches and public places were safe.
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.” Vanguard reports that while expressing his grief in a strongly worded statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, President Buhari said that “there was no justification whatsoever to target Church worshippers and kill them in cold blood.”
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