How fam­ily of 3 per­ished in Anam­bra church at­tack

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Emma Elekwa, Awka

Three mem­bers of the same fam­ily, in­clud­ing a woman and her lit­tle baby girl, have been con­firmed to be among those who lost their lives in the Anam­bra church at­tack.

The Chair­man of Ek­wusigo Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, Engr Ikenna Ofodeme yes­ter­day put the num­ber of those who died in the Sun­day at­tack at 12.

Ad­dress­ing news­men in his of­fice, Ofodeme said six died in the church, while the rest died on the road to the hos­pi­tal and at the hos­pi­tal.

“Most of those who were hos­pi­tal­ized were also said to have been dis­charged, while 27 others who are still in the hos­pi­tal are in sta­ble con­di­tion,” he added.

He said the uniden­ti­fied man from the Obunadike fam­ily who was among those shot dead also lost his wife and new born child.

“The Lady was car­ry­ing her new born child when the bul­let pierced her back, came out through her chest and hit her baby, leav­ing both of them dead,” he said.

The coun­cil chair­man said the at­tack which took them by sur­prise had not hap­pened in the en­tire South East re­gion but re­futed the re­port that the tar­get was one Aloy­sius Ikeg­wuonwu, a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity who he said left the town two days be­fore the in­ci­dent.

“The man be­ing fin­gered to be the tar­get was here with us two days ago. He even played foot­ball with the youths and bought booths for them. Why didn’t they go af­ter him through­out the pe­riod he was around? Why should they come to the church to kill in­no­cent wor­ship­pers?” he queried.

There was heavy pres­ence of peo­ple yes­ter­day at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Univer­sity Teach­ing hos­pi­tal where the in­jured were rushed to for med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

One of the sur­vivors, Sa­muel Nnalue, who said he was among the few who were right in front of the al­ter to lead the prayers when the gun­man struck, sus­tained gun­shots in his two legs.

He said it was only one gun­man that en­tered the church au­di­to­rium, but added that a ve­hi­cle sus­pected to have been used by his ac­com­plices drove past the church be­fore the at­tack.

The at­mos­phere at the Saint Philip’s Catholic Church en­vi­ron­ment was still moody at the time our cor­re­spon­dent vis­ited. A cleric in the church, Mon­signor Hy­po­lite Adigwe, said what hap­pened was a sac­ri­lege that must be atoned for through reded­i­ca­tion be­fore the church could be used for Masses again.

The Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Umar Garba has said some peo­ple had been ar­rested over the in­ci­dent. Umar who spoke on phone would not dis­close the iden­ti­ties of those ar­rested, say­ing it would jeop­ar­dize in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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