Mali’s Catholic Church demands tougher regional stance against Islamists
Mali’s Catholic Church has urged a common front against Islamist violence after al-Qaida-linked terrorists attacked a tourist resort just days before the creation of the country’s first cardinal.
“Although our church hasn’t been directly targeted, it’s deeply affected by such attacks,” said Mgr Edmond Dembele, secretary-general of the Mali Catholic bishops’ conference.
“The international community should urgently help Mali and other countries in this region to curb these outrages. When the people of Mali are struck in this way, neighbouring states are struck as well. The echoes of fear and insecurity are felt throughout Africa,” he said.
Meanwhile, authorities continued the investigation into the 18th June attack on Le Campement Kangaba resort, east of the capital Bamako, which left nine dead, including four assailants.
Mgr Dembele told Catholic News Service that sporadic rocket attacks on military and civilian targets across the country had fuelled “popular tensions,” as well as fears of intercommunal violence between Christians and Muslims.
“For now, this isn’t an interreligious conflict. No-one has been attacked because of their faith,” Mgr Dembele said.
Picture: Malian forces conduct search operations on 19th June after a terrorist attack at the Le Campement Kangaba resort outside the capital of Bamako. Mali’s Catholic Church has urged a common front against Islamist violence, after Al Qaida-linked terrorists attacked a the resort on 18th June, days before the creation of the country’s first cardinal. (CNS photo/EPA).Tags: Africa, al-Qaida, Bamako, Islamist, Le Campement Kangaba resort, Mali, Mgr Dembele, Mgr Edmond Dembele, terrorists