Four Indian nuns from Missionaries of Charities were killed when terrorists stormed an elderly care home in Yemen’s Aden city on Friday killing 16 people.
Terrorists handcuffed the victims before shooting them in the head.
According to the PTI news, the terrorists, who were in 2 and 4 in numbers, asked the guard to open the gate of the elderly home run by Kolkata-based Missionaries of Charities on the pretext of visiting their mothers.
On entering inside, they first shot dead the gate-keeper and then started shooting randomly on the inmates, officials in India’s camp office in Djibouti said.
“The assailants escaped soon after the attack. The area has been cordoned off and the police are investigating the incident,” the officials said.
In New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said government was trying to find out details of the Indians killed in the attack.
“We are trying to ascertain the details of the Indian victims,” he said.
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.
News agency AFP said that two gunmen surrounded the home while another four fighters entered the building.
They said the gunmen moved from room-to-room, handcuffing the victims before shooting them in the head.
One nun who survived and was rescued by locals said that she hid inside a fridge in a store room after hearing a Yemeni guard shouting “run, run.”
There are around 80 residents living at the home, which is run by Missionaries of Charity, an organisation established by Mother Teresa. 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.