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August 06, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

The Anambra State Police Command has confirmed the death of 11 persons after gunmen attacked St. Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu area of Anambra State.

Nigerian authorities say at least eight people are dead and 18 others critically wounded after gunmen attacked a church in south-eastern Nigeria.

Garba Umar, police commissioner of Anambra state, said a lone gunman attacked St. Philip Catholic Church Ozubulu early Sunday.

The state Governor Willie Obiano dismissed rumours that the attack was the handwork of the Islamist Boko Haram, saying that preliminary investigation showed that it was caused by a feud between two brothers from the community who live abroad.

The Anambra state government put the number of those killed at 11.

In a statement issued a few hours after the incident, Ifeanyi Aniagoh, media aide of the governor, said Obiano vowed that the culprits would be brought to justice.

“The Ozubulu community in Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra state was this morning thrown into mourning as a gun man walked into St Philip’s Catholic Church and started shooting sporadically, killing 11 and injuring 18 persons,” he said.

“On hearing the sad development, Governor Obiano stormed the scene to ascertain the level of damage and sympathise with the people.

“Speaking at the church premises, the governor revealed that preliminary security investigations show that the shooting was caused by a feud between two brothers from the community living outside Nigeria.”

“This is sacrilegious, totally unacceptable in Anambra State. We can’t allow this happen in Anambra, we must get everyone involved to face the music,” the governor was quoted to have said.

“The deeply saddened governor asked the people to go about their businesses without fear or panic noting that this isolated case must be followed to the root and all perpetrators must be brought to book.

“Gov Obiano also visited Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi where the injured are being treated.

“Thanking over 50 doctors who were on ground looking after the injured, the governor assured their families that all medical bills will be taken care of by the state government‎.”

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