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Bandits prey on church institutions in Ivory Coast

Catholic World News - November 09, 2011

"In two and a half months, about 40 churches and religious men and women’s houses all over Abidjan have been attacked by armed bandits,” a spokesman for the Abidjan archdiocese has reported to the Fides news service.

Crime is widespread in Ivory Coast, as the country emerges from years of bloody conflict. But Father Augustin Obrou, the archdiocesan spokesman, wonders whether the number of attacks on Catholic institutions “leaves room for suspicion that there are also other reasons beyond simple robbery.”

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