BAMAKO, Mali — Two people have been arrested in the possible abduction of a German minister in Mali in November.
A police representative in Bamako, Mali, announced the arrests Nov. 24, explaining that evidence seems to indicate the minister, Hans-Joachim Lohre, was abducted, reported the relief group Barnabas Fund.
Lohre did not arrive for a service that he was to lead Nov. 20.
Shortly before he disappeared, a vehicle with no license plates was seen at the institute where Lohre is a teacher, stated Barnabas Fund, quoting a neighbor.
Footprints on the ground near Lohre’s car seemed to indicate a struggle occurred, said one of Lohre’s co-workers.
Lohre has lived in Mali about three decades.
Barnbas Fund said Lohre’s disappearance may be the work of Islamist terrorists. Such terrorist groups have targeted foreign missionaries for kidnappings for years. Jihadists seek to take over the north and central portions of Mali and have declared that they want to establish sharia (Islamic law) in the entire country.
Mali is No. 24 on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.