Eight Christians kidnapped in Cameroon during a "heinous, unprecedented attack, for which no concrete reason has been given to date".
The bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Bamenda published a communiqué transmitted by Vatican News, according to which armed men burst into a church, during the night of September 16 to 17.
The attackers set fire to the church and kidnapped five priests, a nun and two Christians. The diocese condemns a “heinous, unprecedented attack, for which no concrete reason has been given to date”.
The bishops denounce an intensification of the attacks, “a wave of persecution against the hierarchy of the Church is now the new game of the 'Struggle'”.
“The people have suffered terribly and men and women of God have been easy targets for kidnappers, torturers and unscrupulous gunmen. »
“All kinds of threatening messages are sent against missionaries who have given up their lives to work for the people,” they lament. “This act has now crossed the red line and we must say that 'enough is enough', say the bishops, calling for the immediate release of the eight Christians.