Kinshasa, 24 January, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
A Postulant of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is admitted in hospital with gun injuries on his leg following an attack allegedly by Mai-Mai Kata Katanga rebels.
In a statement issued Monday, January 23, MCCJ Superior General in DRC confirms the Sunday, attack on a Comboni Brothers’ vehicle in the country’s Butembo-Beni Diocese and says that medical personnel at Matanda hospital are attending to the 22-year-old student of philosophy, “to extract the bullet lodged in his leg”.
“In the morning of Sunday, 22 January at 7:00 a.m., Mai-Mai rebels attacked the vehicle of our Comboni Brothers which was returning from the farm,” Fr. Léonard Ndjadi Ndjate says.
He adds, “MAI-MAI rebels fired mercilessly at the vehicle and the bullets pierced the wheels.”
“One bullet hit the leg of postulant, Héritier Mambaya, aged 22, from Bumba. Héritier is in the third year of his postulancy training,” Fr. Ndjadi says in the January 23 statement.