This morning gun men entered St Philip’s Catholic Church, Amakwa Ozubulu opened fire and killed several worshipers.
An eyewitness told the NewsQuest on Sunday that the gunmen went into the church during the 5:45 am mass and identified a particular man and shot him.
He said that the gunmen later went on rampage and shot at the remaining worshippers numbering over 100.
Score of people were killed in the church while other critically injured worshippers died on the way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi.
The source, however, said the priest of the church was not wounded in the incident.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Garba Umar, confirmed the incidence, adding that more details would be given after investigations.
St Philip’s is reputed as a purposed built architectural masterpiece, a luxurious place of worship consecrated about two years ago by the Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Most Rev Dr Odili Okeke.
The project was solely financed by a philanthropist High Chief Nnamdi Ikegwounwu (Ebubechukwuuzo Ozubulu). Bodies are being taken to nearby Ozubulu Joint Hospital mortuary. The message the armed men sent is yet to be ascertained but the terror is suspected to be religiously motivated.
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