FOUR MISSIONARY SISTERS OF MERCY KILLED BY GUNMEN IN YEMEN

FOUR MISSIONARY SISTERS OF MERCY KILLED BY GUNMEN IN YEMEN

(FIDES: Aden, Yemen) Four Missionary Sisters of Charity, the community founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, were shot dead by gunmen in a raid on their convent early this morning in the Yemenite city of Aden. The news was confirmed to Fides by sources at the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia. Besides the Sisters, the driver and at least two other Ethiopian community helpers were killed.

The Convent Superior and old people or disabled persons living at the community were unharmed. However so far there is no news of Indian Salesian priest Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, who has been staying at the sisters house since the Holy Family church in a Aden was sacked and torched by unidentified gunmen last September.

Two of the sisters killed were Rwandan, one was Indian and the fourth was from Kenya. At the moment the convent Superior is giving information to the local police who are keeping the bodies of the poor sisters and the other victims in custody. So far no one has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack, but it is known that in this Yemenite port-city, retaken some months ago by troops faithful to president Abdel Rabbo Mansour Hadi, in conflict with Houthi rebels, there are deeply rooted bands in connection with the network of al Qaida. .

 

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