Gunmen kill policeman, bystander at Anambra church

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Unknown gunmen on Sunday have killed a policeman and a bystander at the Assemblies of God Church on the Oguta road Onitsha, Anambra State.

Last week, gunmen attacked St Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu and killed no fewer than 13 persons and injured 27.

Witness said the gunmen first stopped at the church and opened fire on some policemen.

“When the firing became too hot, the policemen abandoned their patrol vehicle and ran away for safety.

“The gunmen moved to their patrol van and took a gun belonging to the policeman they killed.

“I saw two of the gunmen but I can’t say how many they are in number.

Another eyewitness said, “Gunmen on Okada (motorcycle) shot a policeman and collected his rifle. They also shot dead an Okada man while escaping, and the passenger he was carrying was injured. The policeman was the one armed among his colleagues; they were providing security while church service was going on at Assemblies of God Church, Oguta road Onitsha.

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar confirmed the incident to journalists, saying it was not an attack on the church.

“My men were on patrol near the church when they were attacked by some gunmen. It was not an attack on the church, in the real sense of it,” he clarified.

Mr Umar said the gunmen took away a rifle belonging to the slain cop.

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