Saturday, 18 October 2014

Polish priest kidnapped by Central African Republic militia


The priest posing with kids


A Polish Catholic missionary has been kidnapped by eight armed men in Central African Republic (CAR) who are demanding the release of their leader in return for the priest's freedom, Christian Today reports.

Mateusz Dziedzic, a CAR missionary since 2009, was abducted by members of a rebel group known as the Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC) on Sunday October 12.

"They said they wanted to exchange the kidnapped missionary for their leader, who is currently imprisoned in Cameroon," said Tomasz Atlas, head of Poland's Pontifical Mission Societies.

FDPC head Abdoulaye Miskine was arrested in Cameroon in September 2013. His rebel group is one of a number that has fought the Central African Republic government – and also each other – in an off-on conflict in the former French colony over the past decade.

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