Sudan: kidnapped priests are alive; negotiations begin for their release
January 19, 2012
Two Catholic priests who were kidnapped on January 15 in Sudan are alive and well, and the Archdiocese of Khartoum is negotiating for their release.
Church sources in Sudan have confirmed that the kidnappers belong to a militia group that opposes the government of the newly independent state of South Sudan. The Khartoum government has been accused by South Sudan of backing armed groups seeking to oust the new government; Khartoum has responded in kind, claiming that South Sudan is seeking to destabilize the government in the north.
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