Indian nun killed, priest abducted in terrorist attack in Yemen

Saturday, Mar 5, 2016,10:31 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | An Indian nun was killed and a priest was kidnapped in a terrorist attack in strife-torn Yemen’s Aden city Friday.

Sixteen people were killed in Aden when a group of terrorists stormed an elderly care home run by sisters of Kolkata-based Missionaries of Charity and sprayed bullets at the residents Friday morning.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said an Indian nun named Cecilia Minz was among those killed in the attack.

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, a 56-year-old Salesian priest, was kidnapped by the terrorists, Fidel news agency reported quoting the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia.

Fr. Tom, a native of Ramapuram in Pala, was an inmate of the Missionaries of Charity convent. He has been residing there since the Holy Family church in Aden was looted and set on fire by unidentified armed men last September.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that four Indian nurses were killed in the attack as she asked all Indians living in danger zones to return home. She also said the nurses stayed back in Yemen, ignoring advisories by the government.

The External Affairs Ministry late Friday night clarified that of the four nurses killed in Yemen, only one is Indian.

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 reportedly escaped the attack as she hid herself in a fridge.