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Sudan: Christian leader narrowly escapes Muslim assassination attempt

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The Catholic archbishop of Khartoum yesterday escaped unhurt an assassination attempt while celebrating Mass. A Misseriya man identified as Hamdan Mohamed Abdurrahman attempted to kill the Catholic archbishop of Khartoum, Gabriel Cardinal Zubeir Wako, during a mass at the Comboni Playground in Khartoum.

Cardinal Zubeir’s master of ceremonies, Barnaba Matuec Anei, who was standing next to the Cardinal, said after the Glory while the dancers were returning to their places a man run towards the altar carrying a dagger. Matuec added that he hurried to stop the attacker, took away the dagger and handed him over to the security personnel who took him away.

He said that the attacker exclaimed "No problem" when he stopped him. Mohammed, the assailant, is now in police custody. 

The archdiocese opened a police case against the attacker to determine the reasons for the attack and whether he was part of a conspiracy. 

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