(CP) Gunmen kidnapped five priests, a nun and two churchgoers after setting a Catholic church on fire in western Cameroon. The region has been the scene of a bloody conflict between anglophone separatists and the country’s government for several years.
Those who were abducted from St. Mary’s Church in the town of Nchang remained missing Tuesday, AFP quoted the bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Bamenda as saying as they expressed their “shock and utter horror.”
Archbishop Andrew Nkea said the kidnappers had given “no concrete reason” for last Friday’s attack.
The bishops said they “strongly condemn all these attacks against the church and her ministers,” and appealed “to those who have taken the priests, the nun, and the Christians in Nchang to release them without further delay,” Catholic News Agency reported.