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  1. India ascertaining reports of 4 nurses being gunned down in Yemen

India ascertaining reports of 4 nurses being gunned down in Yemen

Government today said it was trying to ascertain reports of at least four Indian nurses being gunned down in Aden city in strife-torn Yemen.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 4, 2016 7:07 PM

Government today said it was trying to ascertain reports of at least four Indian nurses being gunned down in Aden city in strife-torn Yemen.

“We have seen the reports and are trying to ascertain the details,” External Affairs Ministry Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

Four Indian nurses were among at least 16 people killed today when gunmen opened fire at an elderly care home in Yemen’s main southern city of Aden, AFP quoted security officials in Yemen as saying in its report.

The report said four gunmen stormed a care home in Aden’s Sheikh Othman district, killing a guard and shooting randomly at residents.

One official said the attackers were “extremists” and blamed the Islamic State group, which has been gaining ground in Aden in recent months.

In the wake of escalation of violence, Indian Embassy in Yemen’s capital Sana’a was closed last year and all its functions were carried out from a camp office in Djibouti, a country neighbouring Yemen and across the Red Sea.

The Djibouti camp office was a nerve centre of a major evacuation operation from Yemen last year. The government last month had announced shutting of that Djibouti office.

Al-Qaeda and ISIS have been stepping up attacks in Aden.

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