, Last Updated: 12:54 PM ET
MONTREAL -- A French-Canadian nun and two Italian priests were kidnapped Friday night in northern Cameroon, about 800 km from the capital of Yaounde.
According to Father Henri Djonyang, the vicar of Maroua-Mokolo, who spoke with L’Agence France Presse, the three were captured by armed gunmen in Maroua, in the Tchere Parrish.
Sister Gilberte Bussiere, who is a part of the Notre-Dame congregation, has been based in Cameroon for over 30 years.
“She was in charge of education there,” said Sister Arlita Matte, a fellow member of the congregation in Montreal.
Matte told QMI Agency that Bussiere was director of a school in Cameroon, and also helped train teachers.
According to AFP, religious leaders in Cameroon are blaming Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram for the kidnappings. In 2013, Boko Haram kidnapped a priest and a French family from a nearby area. They were released soon after.
After the French family was kidnapped, the French government advised its citizene not to travel to the area, which is known as one of Cameroon’s tourist spots.