World Bulletin / News Desk
Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun have been kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram rebels in Cameroon, church sources said.
The gunmen stormed the building where the nun and the two priests were staying in the north-western district of Maroua early Saturday and took them hostage, priest Philippe Stevens told Anadolu Agency.
Another source identified the hostages as Giampaolo Marta, Gianantonio Allegri and Gilberte Bissière.
The Nigerian military remained quiet regarding the Saturday reports.
"I have not been briefed just yet about that," defense spokesman Chris Olukolade told Anadolu Agency.
"We will speak to the media when we have information regarding that," he said.
The spokesman said that terrorism is a "collective enemy that must be fought collectively".
"Our men at the border will not allow criminal kidnap and transfer to our land of innocent people," Olukolade said.
The attack comes fourth months after a French priest was released in November after being kidnapped by Boko Haram in the same region.
A hitherto peaceful organization that had preached against government corruption in Nigeria, Boko Haram suddenly turned violent in 2009 following the murder of its leader, Mohamed Yusuf, while in police custody.
In the years since, the group has been blamed for thousands of terrorist acts, including attacks on churches and security posts across the country's north.Last Mod: 14 Nisan 2014, 11:23