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Gunmen have reportedly killed a Catholic priest Rev Fr. Jude Egbuom and made away with his vehicle in Nkwerre area of Imo State.

It was also learned that the assailants equally murdered a young man whose identity could not be ascertained during the attack which occurred on Monday night.

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Reports say that the man was with the priest in his vehicle when the criminals struck.

He was attacked around 8pm when he went to a barber’s shop on Anara-Nkwerre Road in Nkwerre town, according to Punch.

“The circumstances surrounding the killing of the priest indicated that it was a case of armed robbery,” a native of the community told the national daily.

“It could not have been a case of assassination, who did the gentle priest offend? He was from our community, Nkwerre and was doing his missionary work at Njaba, a nearby LGA.”

Spokesman for the police in Imo, Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the killings and said that the police commissioner, Dasuki Galadanchi, had deployed the Tactical Unit of the command in the area.