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Cardinal is freed after kidnapping by gunmen in Cameroon

Cardinal Christian Tumi, who was kidnapped by gunmen Thursday evening in Cameroon’s Northwest Region, has been freed.

“Glory be to God. Cardinal Tumi has been freed by the Separatist fighters. He is fine and in good health,” Bishop George Nkuo of Kumbo diocese announced on the afternoon of Nov. 6.

The 90-year-old archbishop emeritus of Douala had been traveling with 12 other people, including a local leader, from Bamenda to Kumbo on Nov. 5 when they were intercepted by gunmen belonging to separatist militias.

Cardinal Tumi and Fon Sehm Mbinglo I, the traditional local leader of the Nso people, were kidnapped in Bamunka, a village in Cameroon’s northwest region, on Nov. 5, a local source told ACI Africa, CNA’s African news partner.

Bishop Nkuo of Kumbo reported that the local leader had not been released.

“The Fon of Nso is still being held by his captors. They were taken in two different directions but the cardinal has been released. We don’t know where the Fon is at the moment,” the bishop said on the afternoon of Nov. 6.

Archbishop Samuel Kleda of Douala told La Croix Africa that he had received a call Thursday night from the kidnapped cardinal, who said that he had been questioned in captivity but not tortured. 

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