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Cameroon archbishop survives gun attack after criticizing government

YAOUNDE, Cameroon — The Catholic Church in Cameroon said shots were fired at the residence of Archbishop Samuel Kleda, bishops' conference president, after he criticized policies by the government of President Paul Biya.

"Projectiles were shot at the Archdiocese of Douala headquarters, breaking its windows," the local vicar general, Msgr. Dieudonne Bayemeg, said in a statement. "There were no human injuries, and the police arrived immediately, accompanied by the archbishop, cathedral rector and household guards."

The statement, issued after the late-evening May 3 attack, said the bullets hit the room of the archdiocesan finance officer, Msgr. Alan Nibile, who threw himself on the floor. It added that inquiries were continuing and said Catholics in the central African state had been asked to "pray and remain calm."

Meanwhile, the Actualite du Cameroun news agency described the May 7 attack as an "attempted assassination" and said it was believed linked to Archbishop Kleda's demands for a government dialogue with separatist groups and for Biya not to seek re-election.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018