Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sudanese Cardinal survives assassination attempt

The archbishop of Khartoum yesterday escaped unhurt an assassination attempt while celebrating Mass.

He was identified as Hamdan Mohamed Abdurrahman and attempted to kill the Catholic archbishop of Khartoum, Gabriel Cardinal Zubeir Wako, during a Mass at the Comboni Playground in Khartoum, a Sudan Catholic Radio News correspondent reported.

Cardinal Zubeir’s master of ceremonies, Barnaba Matuec Anei, who was standing next to the Cardinal, said after the Glory while the dancers were returning to their places a man run towards the altar carrying a dagger.

Mr. Matuec added that he hurried to stop the attacker, took away the dagger and handed him over to the security personnel who took him away.

He said that the attacker exclaimed No problem when he stopped him. Mr. Matuec added that Mr. Mohamed is in Police custody. The archdiocese opened a police case against the attacker to see why he run with a dagger during the Mass and if he was acting alone.

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