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Armed Gang Kills Priest In North Kivu, DR Congo

"His corpse was found inside his car with his telephone -which was not taken away by his attackers.”

The Curator of the Catholic parish of Kaseghe, situated in Lubero territory of North Kivu, DR Congo has been killed by a suspected armed gang.

Rev. Father Richard Masivi was killed in his vehicle between Kiruba and Miobwe while returning from pastoral duties in Kanyabayonga on Wednesday, Feb.1.

“The Curator was alone in his car and was returning from a consecration feast in Kanyabayonga where he was in the company of other priests and was heading to Kaseghe,” Obed Kambale, mayor of  the Kirumba council revealed.

“His corpse was found inside his car with his telephone which was not taken away by his attackers.”

The corpse of the clergyman was  removed from his car and taken to the mortuary of the Kaina general hospital. 

The killers of the priest are yet to be identified and arrested.

This is not the first time a priest has been killed in the region. In 2010, the Curator of the Saint John The Baptist parish of Kanyabayonga, Rev. Father Don Christian Bakulene, was killed under the same circumstances in Mapere village, Lubero territory while travelling on a motorcycle.

In 2018, Rev. Father Vincent Machozi, another priest who was very critical of the government in Kinshasa was killed by an armed gang near Butembo.

At least five priests have been abducted by armed men in Beni territory since 2012.

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