8 killed after gun­man at­tacks church in south­ern Nige­ria

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WARRI | Nige­rian author­i­ties say at least eight peo­ple are dead and 18 oth­ers crit­i­cally wounded after gun­men at­tacked a church in south­ern Nige­ria.

Garba Umar, po­lice com­mis­sioner of Anam­bra state, said a lone gun­man at­tacked St. Philip Catholic Church early Sun­day. But wor­ship­pers re­futed the po­lice ac­count of the num­ber of at­tack­ers and death toll.

Parish­ioner Uche Nonoso told The As­so­ci­ated Press that two gun­men car­ried out the at­tack and more than 15 were killed at the church while oth­ers died en route to the hospi­tal. No group has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack and po­lice said they have launched a man­hunt. Author­i­ties said they do not believe Boko Haram was be­hind the at­tack, al­though the ex­trem­ist in­sur­gents have burned hun­dreds of churches over the past decade.

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