Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mar 23, 2016 / 16:01 pm America/Denver (CNA).
A Congolese Catholic priest who documented human rights abuses in his home country was killed by armed gunmen early Monday morning.
Father Vincent Machozi Karunzu was murdered March 21 by armed militants in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the procurator general of the Augustinians of the Assumption said in a message.
The 51-year-old priest was visiting his family in the village of Katolu and worked in peace-building activities.
The priest documented human rights abuses and atrocities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Boston University website BU Today said March 23. Shortly before armed gunmen killed him, he had posted an article online denouncing Congolese and Rwandan presidents’ alleged involvement in massacres of innocent civilians.
The human rights website Beni Lubero, which the priest had founded, said that 10 uniformed soldiers of the DRC’s armed forces stormed a social center where Nande tribal chiefs were holding a meeting about peace efforts. The gunmen demanded to be taken to the priest and to Mwami Abdu Kalemire III, the leader of the Basho community.