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SUDAN-CARDINAL (UPDATED) Oct-12-2010 (200 words) xxxi

Khartoum police arrest man who rushed altar during cardinal's Mass

By Catholic News Service

KHARTOUM, Sudan (CNS) -- Khartoum police arrested a man who rushed the altar with a dagger during a Mass celebrated by Khartoum Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako, reported the Sudan Catholic Radio Network.

SCRN reported Oct. 11 that police arrested a man identified as Hamdan Mohamed Abdurrahman after an aide, identified as Barnaba Matuec Anei, stopped him, confiscated his dagger and turned him over to security personnel. The incident occurred after the Gloria when liturgical dancers were leaving an area near the altar.

The Oct. 10 Mass was being celebrated at the Comboni playground, a sports field near a Comboni-run school in central Khartoum, to mark the feast of St. Daniel Comboni.

A statement released by the South African Catholic Bishops' Conference quoted Matuec as saying that the assailant apparently had been waiting for hours for the Mass.

"The man was one of the people who might have entered the playground early enough because we had very intense security arrangements at the gates," Matuec said. "He got in with the knife before people could enter and before security check-in. He was among the (crowd) and timed himself well when the dancers were coming down."

The suspect was taken into custody and questioned by authorities.


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