Catholic bishops in Cameroon strongly condemned the attack in a statement that called for the immediate release of the kidnapped Christians.
“We insist on this because this act has now crossed the red line and we must say that ‘enough is enough,’” it said.
Cameroon has been embroiled in a civil war known as the “Anglophone Crisis” in which armed separatists from the Anglophone regions of the country in the northwest and southwest have taken part in an uprising against government forces. Both sides have been accused of atrocities, including the murder and torture of civilians.
The Catholic Church has recently been targeted in “a wave of persecutions against the hierarchy of the Church,” according to the local bishops, who noted that Presbyterian and Baptist churches have also been targeted.
“All kinds of threat messages are sent out against missionaries who have surrendered their lives to work for the people,” the bishops’ statement said.
Bishop Aloysius Fondong…