An Indian nun from Jharkhand was among the four nuns who were massacred by unidentified gunmen at a retirement home run by the Missionaries of Charity in Aden, Yemen today.
“This happened when the sisters were serving breakfast. There were five sisters present when the incident happened. One of them is a superior who wasn’t located by the gunmen, but the other four were shot dead. The Indian nun was sister M. Anselm from Gumla in Jharkhand, the two sisters from Rwanda were sister Marguerite and sister Reginette, and sister Judith from Kenya,” Missionaries Of Charity Spokesperson Sunita Kumar told ANI.
The superior, sister Sally who hails from Kerala, survived after she hid herself from the gunmen after a guard sounded a warning cry about the attackers.
According to reports, the nuns were first handcuffed and then shot at point blank range.
Father Tony, a priest from Bengaluru who was present at the home, was praying in the chapel when the incident happened and escaped unharmed, however, he is still missing.
“All of the old people in the home were unharmed but all the workers were killed. It’s amazing that all this happened within seconds,” Kumar added.
No terror group immediately claimed credit for the slaughter.
Missionaries of Charity nuns also came under attack in Yemen in 1998, when gunmen killed three nuns in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida.