Gun­men kid­nap priests

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

KINSHASA: Gun­men in restive east­ern Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of the Congo kid­napped two Catholic priests in an area at the cen­tre of over two years of mas­sacres by un­known as­sailants, the coun­try’s con­fer­ence of bish­ops said on Mon­day.

Charles Ki­pasa and Jean-Pierre Ak­il­i­mali were taken from Our Lady of the An­gels par­ish in Bun­yuka by a group of around 10 as­sailants just be­fore 10pm lo­cal time on Sun­day.

“Priests are men of God who de­vote their lives to the good of the pop­u­la­tion with­out a po­lit­i­cal agenda. To hurt them is to harm the com­mu­nity they serve,” the Na­tional Epis­co­pal Con­fer­ence of Congo said.

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