Gunmen on Saturday invaded a community in Anambra State, southeast of Nigeria, disrupting a funeral ceremony and shooting at mourners.
The incident occurred at Ebenebe community in Awka North Local Government Area of the state.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) source related that the 34-year-old man whose funeral was being held was killed in December, at Amansea Area in Awka North. by people suspected to be cultists.
“It was during the lying-in-state at the residence of the deceased that the suspected cultists arrived at the scene and started shooting at mourners,” the source said.
He said some of the mourners hit by gunshots were taken to the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital at Amaku, Awka.
“My brother is among those injured and we have been at the hospital since 11 a.m. trying to ensure that they stabilise him,” he said.
The police spokesperson in Anambra, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the incident.
According to Mr Ikenga, a deputy superintendent of police, “a burial was going on when some people suspected to be cultists invaded the area and started shooting.”
“I do not have details of casualties now, but I will keep you informed once the picture becomes clear,” he said.