After cathedral attack, security concerns highlighted in Central African Republic

YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon – New reports say at least 48 people died during an attack on a Catholic cathedral in the Central African Republic last weekend.

The death toll from the Nov. 17 attack on Alindao Cathedral had originally been put at 37, which included two priests: Msgr. Blaise Mada, the vicar general for the diocese, and Father Célestin Ngoumbango, the pastor of Kongbo parish.

The bishops in the Central African Republic said they were following the developments with “consternation” and placed the blame for the attacks on militants from the Union pour la Paix en Centrafrique, or UPC.

The UPC is composed of former members of the Seleka, a Muslim militia that briefly took over the country in 2013.

The Christian-dominated Anti-Balaka militia then formed to fight the Seleka. French and…

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