4 January 2013

Tanzania: Priest Undergoes Surgery After Gun Attack

Dar es Salaam — Catholic priest Fr Ambrose Mkenda is recuperating after he was attacked by unknown gunmen on Christmas Day, in Zanzibar Island.

According to Fides, Fr Mkenda was driving back to his parish in Tomondo after celebrating Mass in Mpendae, when he realized he was being followed by two men on a motorcycle. On arriving, he was shot twice on the face and on his back as he was getting out of his car.

The gunmen did not steal anything from him. Fr Mkenda was rushed to a hospital on the Island and later transferred to Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute (MOI) in Dar es Salaam where he was operated for the extraction of bullets. It is believed that Fr Mkenda was the victim of an act of common crime and not an action by extremist.

In recent months there were sectarian tensions that resulted in the ransacking of some churches in the area. Investigations into the attack are underway, but no one has been arrested or identified to be behind it.

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