Bangui, 27 March, 2023 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
Details have emerged of how Fr. Norberto Pozzi, a 71-year-old Italian Priest who recently lost his foot following an explosion in the Central African Republic (CAR) had survived three separate attacks.
In the latest incident, the member of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers was injured in the February 10 explosion when the car he was traveling in drove over a mine, causing it to explode, on his way to Bocaranga, a city that is Northwest of CAR’s capital, Bangui.
Since the February 10 explosion, the Catholic Missionary Priest has undergone several grueling surgeries in CAR, Uganda, and finally in Italy where he was flown to have his leg amputated in an operation that was described as “very complicated”.
According to Fr. Federico Trinchero, a confrere of the injured missionary in Bangui, the February incident was not the first attempt on the life of the Italian-born Priest.
“In the first ambush, the bullets lodged in the headrest of the seat, in another the bullets reached the gearbox and, in yet another, he was robbed and risked being kidnapped,” Fr. Federico told Agenzia Fides, the information service of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples, Propaganda Fide.