A priest and another person were seriously injured on Tuesday by a group armed with machetes. Fr Guy-Robert Mandro, parish priest of Fataki, in the territory of Djugu, in Ituri, in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo was riding on a motorbike along the street leading to Kondoni, a village not so far from his parish, when the attack took place.
According to eyewitnesses, at least two people, including Fr Mandro, were set upon a group of men identified as belonging to the CODECO (Coalition of Congolese Democrats), one of the several armed movements active in the area.
Fr Mandro managed to escape with several machete cuts on his back and his head. He also lost three fingers. He was rushed by a helicopter of MONUSCO (the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) from Fataki to Bunia in order to receive emergency medical treatment.
In an official declaration, Bunia diocese has condemned the attack and asked the competent authorities to investigate the incident so that the criminals can be found and brought to justice.
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