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Religious sisters missing after jihadist attack found safe and well

Two religious sisters missing after jihadists attacked a port town in Mozambique have been found safe and well, a Catholic bishop said Sunday. 

“It is with great joy that we inform you that the two sisters, Inés and Eliane, who work in the Mocímboa da Praia parish and have been missing for 24 days, are safe and healthy with us again,” Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa of Pemba said Sept. 6. 

The bishop’s comment was reported Sept. 7 in a press release by the German branch of the organization Aid to the Church in Need, according to CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German language news partner. 

Sister Inés Ramos and Sister Eliane da Costa, members of the congregation of St. Joseph of Chambéry, had not been heard from since the rebels attacked their town in early August.

The Islamic State declared that it had seized two military bases near the port town of Mocímboa da Praia, in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, after a series of coordinated attacks Aug. 5-11. 

Asked by Aid to the Church in Need about the whereabouts of 60 other people who went missing, Lisboa said: “Some of them were able to flee and leave Mocímboa da Praia. Others are still there.”

He called for prayers for those who were still missing.

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