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Nigeria identifies two masterminds of church killings    

LAGOS, (Xinhua) -- Nigerian police on Wednesday identified two suspects behind the killing of 18 worshipers at St. Philip Catholic Church in southeast Anambra State.

Police chief in charge of the state Garba Umar, told reporters that the duo are serving murder sentences in South Africa.

The suspects are identified as Prince Charles Obi and Dickson Nwodi.

At least 18 people were killed by gunmen while 10 others were injured when attending Sunday mass at the church on Aug. 6.

He said Obi and Nwodi who hailed from Nnobi and Oba communities of Anambra, had mandated Quintus Anayo, also based in South Africa, to inform Ozubulu elders that they were behind the invasion.

The commissioner said the account on Anayo was in line with the investigation of police into the matter.

He said police had established contact with Interpol on the need to extradite the suspects from South Africa to Nigeria.

According to him, police in the state were already intensifying arrangements to arraign the three suspects earlier arrested in connection with the killings within the week.

Police and the state government had blamed the invasion and killings on drug war

           

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