A policeman and a civilian were killed on Sunday when gunmen shot at police officers near the Assemblies of God Church in Anambra state.
The church is located on Oguta road in Onitsha.
PUNCH quotes an eyewitness as saying the policeman killed was part of the security detail guarding the church.
“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 eyewitness said.
“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.”
Another witness told NAN that the police officers ran for safety when the exchange of fire became “too hot”.
“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,” he said.
It is unclear why the gunmen struck, but Garba Umar, commissioner of police in Anambra, while confirming the incident, said: “It was not an attack on the church, in the real sense of it.”
“My men were on patrol near the church when they were attacked by some gunmen.”
The attack comes exactly a week after a Catholic church was attacked in the Ozubulu area of the state.