Anambra shooter spoke Igbo while firing worshippers

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While expressing his deep felt sympathy with the families of the victims, the Church leadership and the government of Anambra State, President Buhari has reassured all Nigerians of his administration's firm and uncompromising commitment to protect their lives and property at all times.

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has condemned the gunman who opened fire on the congregation of St. Philip's Catholic Church on Sunday morning.

"Our security forces must not stop until everyone involved in the orchestration and execution of today's massacre in St. Philip's Catholic Church is brought to book by the strong arm of justice".

According to the priest, an unidentified man came into the Church, shot at a man before shooting sporadically at other worshippers.

He said the gunmen then went on rampage and "shot at the remaining worshippers numbering".

Governor Obiano also visited Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi to sympathise with the injured victims who were being treated at the medical facility.

A witness, who simply identified herself as a choir member, said the gunman left immediately into a waiting auto with a driver.

"My heart goes to the bereaved at this moment of pain".

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Surjewala said: "Windowpanes of Congress Vice President's auto broken in an organised attack by goons, security staff injured". BJP spokesman Sambit Patra said it was incorrect for the Congress to claim that the attack was carried out by goons.

Umar, however, said there was only one attacker.

"Such violent incidents dehumanise our society".

The governor said that the attackers who attacked the church opened fire when they perceived that one of the people they are targeting has his auto parked outside the church.

Boko Haram, a Nigerian militant group, has continued to attack soft targets in the country's northeast region.

He added that the Inspector-General of Police has also directed a special team to launch a manhunt for those behind the killings.

He said: "As a political leader, I totally condemn the Ozubulu Church shooting as dastardly, unjustifiable and callous".

Jude Emecheta, who hails from Ozubulu, told NAN that "a dark cloud has befallen my peaceful town".