Saturday 18 November 2017

At least 11 killed as gunmen attack church in Nigeria

At least 11 died in an attack on a church in Nigeria
At least 11 died in an attack on a church in Nigeria

Authorities in Nigeria say at least 11 people are dead and others were critically wounded when gunmen attacked a church in southeastern Nigeria.

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

But one parishioner, Uche Nonoso, told The Associated Press there were in fact two gunmen and more than 15 killed at the church.

The Reverend Hygi Aghaulor, communications director for the Nnewi Diocese, said the community was praying for the wounded.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the police say a manhunt has been launched.

Authorities said they did not believe Boko Haram was behind the attack.

The group has burned hundreds of churches over the past decade.

AP

Press Association

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