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ICC Note: Central African Republic is in mourning as civilians learn about the death of the Catholic Priest, Father Firmin Gbagoua. The priest was seemingly attacked inside St. Joseph’s Cathedral by unidentified gunmen.

07/05/2018 Central African Republic (World Watch Monitor) – The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic is again in shock after the killing of the vicar general of Bambari, in the centre of the country, on Friday night.

Father Firmin Gbagoua, 52, was fatally wounded, when unidentified gunmen stormed the presbytery of St. Joseph’s Cathedral of Bambari at around 7pm.

The assailants, said to be in large numbers, infiltrated the compound, asking for money, Msgr. Nestor Nongo Aziagbia, vice-president of the Episcopal Conference of the Central African Republic, told World Watch Monitor.

As Fr. Firmin had no money and in order to preserve the lives of his colleagues, he invited the armed men to follow him into his bedroom and take what they wanted.

Witnesses said they then heard raised voices, followed by a gunshot.

“When the other Fathers arrived in the room, they found Fr. Firmin lying in his blood,” said Msgr. Aziagbia. “He was hit by a bullet in his abdomen.”

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