At least 12 people killed in shooting attack on Nigerian Catholic church

Victims of gunmen attack on Catholic Church

Security agents were said to have cordoned off the church.

"When the chaos subsided I went inside, I saw my fellow church members dead in a pool of their own blood and many others were screaming in pain".

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".

"Today, all of us, as Nigerians have been attacked by this senseless act committed by evil people".

A witness said some gunmen, who concealed their identities with masks, broke into the church around 6am when the first mass service was holding.

The attackers struck the church in Ozubulu early in the morning, said Garba Umar, head of police in Anambra state.

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

Confirming the number of the casualties, Umar said 11 peopled were confirmed dead.

According to him, intelligence report has connected the shooting to a feud existing between some members of Umuezekwe Ofufe Amakwa community of Ozubulu living overseas.

Local rights activist Emeka Umeagbalasi said his information about the motive largely concurred with that of the police version.

He said the attack occurred at about 6:20am on Sunday.

"My heart goes out to the families of the victims and the survivors of this bad massacre and the government and people of Anambra State".

Speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara called the attack "barbaric. the height of wickedness".

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