Catholic priest among five people kidnapped in Mali

“The poor road network requires one to go up north and then back down to the south to the town of San.”

The group was abducted about 20 miles north of Ségué, in the vicinity of Ouo.

“The group was made up of Fr. Léon Douyon, the parish priest of Ségué, Thimothé Somboro, the village chief of Ségué, Pascal Somboro, deputy mayor, and two other members of the community, Emmanuel Somboro and Boutié Tolofoudié,” Dembélé said.

Major Abass Dembélé, the governor of Central Mali’s Mopti region, confirmed the abduction but did not offer further details.

Mali, a predominantly Muslim country with a population of 19.66 million people, has experienced a surge in violence involving both civilians and the military since 2012.

Kidnappings have become common, with militants seeking either to obtain ransom money or exert political pressure.

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