11 Dead After Gunman Opens Fire in Church

A still image taken from a video uploaded by CHANNELS TV on August 6, 2017, shows St. Philips Catholic Church in Anambra, Nigeria.
A still image taken from a video uploaded by CHANNELS TV on August 6, 2017, shows St. Philips Catholic Church in Anambra, Nigeria. (CHANNELS TV via Reuters TV )

At least 11 people are dead after gunmen attacked a church in southeastern Nigeria on Sunday morning.

"Somebody came inside the church and started shooting," said Jude Onwuaso, a priest at St. Philip Catholic Church.

Eighteen others were critically wounded when the attackers reportedly walked into the church during service and started firing their weapons.

"After the first round, there was second round, and I guess it was during the second round that people were shot dead," Onwuaso told BBC News. "When I came back, I discovered that some of my parishioners were dead, about five or six I saw shot dead, bleeding."

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

In the meantime, authorities don't believe there was any involvement by the militant Islamic group Boko Haram, which has a long history of carrying out deadly attacks across Nigeria, burning hundreds of churches over the past decade.

"What has transpired here that led to the killing of very innocent people and in all places, a holy place inside the church, very sacrilegious. This is clearly unacceptable," said Willie Obiano, a local politician in the area.

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