#BreakingNews UPDATE 11 Killed at Catholic Church in Nigeria by Gunmen - many Injured - Please PRAY
R Reports now indicated that 11 were killed and many injured by Gunmen Sunday morning They invaded St. Philip's Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State and opened fire on worshippers who had attended the morning mass.
Earlier reports suggested many more killed; the injured are at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital(NAUTH), Nnewi.
The death toll is still might increase as some injured victims may die.
It was gathered that the gunmen had stormed the church in search of a drug baron after visiting his house, but were not lucky as their target had fled on getting wind of their presence.
Please see below the full text of the message from Pope Francis to the bishop of the diocese of Nnewi in Nigeria
The Right Reverend Hilary Paul Odili Okeke - Bishop of Nnewi
Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and injury following the violent attack in Saint Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, His Holiness Pope Francis extends heartfelt condolences to you and to all the faithful of the Diocese of Nnewi, in particular the families of the deceased and all those affected by this tragedy. Upon the entire Diocese, His Holiness willingly invokes the divine blessings of consolation and strength. Cardinal Pietro Parolin - Secretary of State