4 nuns, 12 others slaughtered in “diabolical” Islamic attack on elderly home in Yemen

ByPamela Geller on March 7, 2016
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Further proof, as if we needed any, that Islam is not like other religions. Not even close.

The Vatican on Saturday reported the killing of four Missionaries of Charity members plus 12 others at an elderly facility in the port city of Aden. Aden is on Yemen’s southern coast, across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia.

According to an official Vatican News report, gunmen burst into the building Friday, went room to room handcuffing victims, then shot all 16 in the head. The victims of the jihad savages were missionaries — who belonged to the group founded by Mother Teresa — were nuns.

Gunmen kill 4 nuns and 12 others in Yemen
Missing priest feared kidnapped by IS militants

By Barbara G. Baker, WorldWatch Monitor, March 8, 2016

Four Catholic nuns from the late Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity were among 16 victims killed by six unidentified gunmen at a home for the elderly in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden.

The four missionary nurses were serving breakfast to the home’s 80 residents on 4 March when armed assailants stormed the facility, located in Aden’s Sheikh Othman district.

The intruders reportedly gained entrance to the care home by telling the security guard one of them had come to visit his mother. While two militants stood guard outside, the other four pushed inside, killing four guards and other employees, including several nurses, cleaning staff and a Yemeni cook. At least five of the victims were Ethiopians. All the casualties had been handcuffed and then shot in the head.

The slain nuns were identified by Asia News as Sr. Anselm from India, Sr. Marguerite and Sr. Reginette, both from Rwanda; and Sr. Judit from Kenya. None of the residents of the nursing home were harmed.

Pope Francis described the Aden massacre as “an act of senseless and diabolical violence.”

Labeling the four nuns “the martyrs of today,” he called them victims not just of their attackers, but also “of indifference, of this globalization of indifference that does not care.”

Although during the attack a fifth nun, Sr. Sali, managed to hide undetected in a storeroom refrigerator, an Indian priest living at the facility remains missing and believed kidnapped by the gunmen.

Originally from the Indian state of Kerala, Salesian Fr. Thomas Uzhummanil, 57, had lived in Yemen for the past five years. After Aden’s Holy Family Church where he served was attacked and torched last September, he had moved to the care home.

On 6 March, India Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj promised her government will “spare no efforts” to rescue the missing Salesian priest. “Yemen is a conflict zone. We do not have an embassy there. But we will spare no efforts to rescue Father Tom Uzhunnalil,” she said via Twitter.

The foreign minister also confirmed that Sr. Sari had been moved to a safe location and was “being evacuated” from Yemen.

Initial media reports after the attack had blamed Ansar al-Sharia for the killings. But the Islamist group linked with Al-Qaeda promptly denied responsibility: “This is not our operation, and it is not our way of fight,” they told Arabic media sources.

On 6 March, Yemeni security officials blamed the attack on militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State and accused them of taking away Fr. Uzhummanil during the raid.

Militants of both Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Islamic State have exploited the chaos and lawlessness prevailing nationwide since Yemen’s civil war erupted in 2014.  According to the United Nations, more than 6,000 people have been killed and 2.4 million people displaced in the fighting between the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the north and the Saudi-backed government in the south.

“We knew that the situation was difficult and that the sisters were running a certain risk,” Bishop Paul Hinder, apostolic vicar of the Arabian peninsula, said after the attack.

“The Missionaries of Charity died as martyrs,” he told Catholic News Agency. “For me there is no doubt that the sisters have been victims of hatred – hatred against our faith.” He said he believes they were targeted because certain radical groups in Yemen “simply do not support the presence of Christians who serve the poorest of the poor.”

But the bishop stressed that this violent Islamist attitude “obviously goes against the mainstream thought of the Yemeni people, the majority of whom appreciate the presence of the Missionaries of Charity as well as their dedicated service to the poor.”

Back in July 1998, three sisters of the Missionaries of Charity had been shot dead by a Muslim extremist near the nuns’ Yemen clinic for the elderly and impoverished in Hodeidah. The apprehended killer, who told police he would “go to heaven for this deed,” accused the nuns of trying to convert Yemenis to Christianity.

Four of Mother Teresa’s convents were set up in Yemen after the invitation of the then northern government in 1973. The Catholic sisters still serving in these convents in Hodeidah, Taiz, Sanaa and Aden care for mentally and physically challenged children and elderly people.

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  • Deon Rademeyer

    Well, now the pope can explain how we need to coexist with these satanic spawn islam moslems. Go poperites, explain how we need to forgive and forget til there are no Christians left. Sad sack of bones.

    • Mahou Shoujo

      There should be nothing wrong with administering the Catholic sacrement of “Extreme Unction” on them. This islamic ritualized murder has gone too far.

    • wilypagan

      I am sure totalitarian Pope Francis is eager for hate crime laws. He will argue that the same laws that prevent us from criticizing Muslims prohibit us from criticizing priest/boy love and NAMBDLA affiliations.

  • Mahou Shoujo

    Clearly the solution to islamic murder is to get the murderers out of Yemen, and into europe, which will benefit from their presence, and of course their exposure to Christianity will doubtlessly improve their outlook and values, as it has for… how many of the millions of colonists so far?

  • Thomson Figueroa Nancy

    Well this is Islam and these attacks are no different than when their cult so called prophet leader did these same acts…. He killed an old woman by tying each of her legs to two camels and watched her rip apart solely because he didn’t like her speaking up against him because the poor woman watched her whole family get killed by this maniac man so revered by his cult followers traveling to hell with him solely because of the gullibility to call evil.. good.. Woe to those who do… Isaiah 5:20.. Subscribe to investigateislam.com and hear the Author of the “Deception of Allah” educate people on Islam…Islam for Dummies Education and Debate site on Facebook…
    Islam is a cult of the devil. Like Christ said ‘ Matt. 7:15″Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16″You will know them by their fruits.
    Yes Islam you are known by your fruits because of your false prophet..

  • Obamarrhoids

    These vermin need to die by lead poisoning. The kind that travels @2700 fps.

  • The origional roger

    Nowhere in the above report labelled the official “Vatican News” report, does the word Islam or Muslim appear.
    This report calls them “militants, “gunmen” and “assailants.
    But then the pope feels that the Islamic invasion of Europe is a good thing, I wonder if the pope has spoken to Paul Hinder, apostolic vicar of the Arabian peninsula, who said that the sisters were attacked because of a hatred for the Christian faith and that he believes that they died as martyrs.

    • sodacrackers2

      The world’s elites are scrubbing the truth from all official documents. Only God knows why.

      • honeybee

        And THE ALMIGHTY will answer.

        • sodacrackers2

          Amen!!

      • joe1429

        Which will make it twice as hard for the next Real potus, to fight terrorism

        • sodacrackers2

          Absolutely!!

  • Po Tato

    Sending Catholic nuns to places like Yemen is like sending little lambs into lion’s den

    I don’t care what their mission is — sending the nuns to a certain death IMO, is not wise, and not a Christian thing either t

    • Rob Porter

      Nevertheless, someone should tell the nincompoop prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, about this as he ‘reaches out across cultural lines’ to those 25,000 Syrian Muslims he is bringing in ‘and won’t build walls’. Listening to this platitudes and cliche spewing imbecile you’d think he is in favour of removing border officials.

      • joe1429

        There are points at the canadian border, which are very easy for the muzzrats to slip accross into the us

        • Rob Porter

          Yes, I’ve heard about these.

          • Mahou Shoujo

            So have the muslims, that is why they want to come to Canada, the “underground carpet ride” is in place, they cross the border and disappear, until called to jihad.

  • Fred

    Execute these savages!

    • joe1429

      they will never be caught, sadly

      • Po Tato

        It is not that they will never be caught

        It is that many Western ‘leaders’ such as Obama and Hillary and Merkel are anti-Christians, and with those ‘leaders’ at the helm, justice will never see the light of day

  • joker

    In attacking these sisters one cannot go much lower. Even a muzzrat with two braincells (hard to find) would not do that.

    • Mahou Shoujo

      Whenever it loos like muslims have gotten to the bottom of the gutter, they go lower. Muslims are followers of evil, they will end up wallowing in it for eternity.

  • IzlamIsTyranny

    Nothing to do w/islam, except muslums were doing the slaughtering…as usual.

  • joe1429

    I am catholic and do not support sending catholic missionaries into islamic countries… to be slaughtered!!! Go Trump!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • HolylandIsraelTours

    Big “heroes” of Islam.

  • SmithWinston6478

    We must rid the Earth of these merciless, primitive, inbred 7th century animal death-cultists faster than we are now. The longer we dawdle, the more innocent people will suffer, and the more gruesome the inevitable final confrontation will be. We must put a loyal adult American in the Whitehouse to lead the charge.

    “Islam is as dangerous in a man as rabies in a dog.” ~ Winston Churchill