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Horror in Aden, where four Missionary Sisters of Mercy – an order founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta – were murdered by a terrorist commandos, which attacked their convent. Two sisters were Rwandan, one was Indian, and another one was Kenyan. Fides received a confirmation of this tragic news from sources of the Apostolic Vicariate in Southern Arabia. Besides the four sisters, during the attack were killed 16 members of the community and the driver, whereas the mother superior of the convent managed to rescue herself. Also the elderly and disabled people who were accommodated in the convent escaped the massacre.

There is no news of Father Tom Uzhunnalil yet, the Indian Salesian priest who has been living in the sisters’ convent after the Holy Family Church in Aden had been sacked last December and who might have been kidnapped.

According to preliminary reports, the terrorist commandos entered the monastery with the excuse of having to visit some relatives. Once they got inside, they separated religious people from the others in the convent. After having handcuffed the elderly and the sick, they opened fire. Some Yemeni sources seem to have attributed the attack to a jihadist group affiliated to Isis, although nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

It is “a clear signal: what happened has to do with religion”, commented Bishop Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia who gave the news. The prelate, quoted by Vatican Radio, explained he is aware of the difficulty of the situation and of the nuns who had been already “targeted in the past and who were at risk.” However, he added, “they had decided to stay no matter what happened because it is a part of their spirituality.”

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