AFRICA/NIGER - Catholic parish attacked, parish priest wounded. Sahel Christian communities increasingly at risk

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 persecutions  

Niamey (Agenzia Fides) - Yesterday, May 13, unidentified people attacked the parish of Dolbel, belonging to the diocese of Niamey, which is located about 200 km from Niamey, in the Songhay-Zerma area. This is what missionary sources told Agenzia Fides. The parish priest, Fr. Nicaise Avlouké, was wounded in one hand and leg, and is a guest in the military camp. "There have long been ‘rumors’ of possible attacks on the parish and priests in particular. This last fact only confirms the deterioration of the security situation in the border area with Burkina Faso", Fides sources comment. The defense forces appear little prepared for this new stage of Sahelian terrorism". In Niger there is still no news of Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, the SMA missionary abducted in Niger on the night between 17 and 18 September 2018. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 14/5/2019)