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4/3/2016 - Yemen - Four Sisters killed, no news of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, SDB

(ANS - Aden) - Four Missionary Sisters of Charity, the congregation founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, were murdered by a group of armed men who this morning attacked their convent, in the Yemeni city of Aden. As of now, there is no news of the Indian Salesian Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, who resided at the Sisters’ convent. The news from the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia is confirmed by the Agency Fides.

In addition to the sisters, the driver and at least two other Ethiopian employees of the community were killed during the terrorist attack. The Mother Superior of the convent escaped. The elderly and disabled people housed at the community are all alive. As yet, there is no news of Fr Uzhunnalil who has been residing at the Sisters’ convent since the Holy Family church in Aden was looted and set on fire by unidentified armed men last September.

Two of the sisters who were killed were Rwandan, one was Indian, and the fourth was from Kenya. At the moment, the superior of the convent is providing information to the police who have taken custody of the bodies of the sisters and other victims.

We have no information on the origin of the terrorist attack. It is known however that there are entrenched groups linked to the al Qaeda network in the Yemeni port city which was recaptured months ago by forces loyal to President Abdel Rabbo Mansour Hadi in a battle with Houthi rebels.

Further information on the fate of Fr Uzhunnalil will be disseminated as soon as available.

Published 04/03/2016

Source: Agenzia Fides

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