MUSLIM HATE FOR RETIREES
Four nuns of Mother Teresa slain by gunmen in Yemen
Four gunmen attacked an old people's home in the Yemeni port of Aden on
Friday, killing at least 15 people, including four Missionaries of
Charity nuns of Mother Teresa, the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern
Arabia told the Vatican’s Fides news agency. The Vicariate said
two of the slain nuns were from Rwanda and one each from India and
Kenya. One nun who survived and was rescued by locals said that
she hid inside a fridge in a store room.
The gunmen, who first told the guard they were on a visit to their
mother, stormed into the home with rifles and opened fire, one local
official said. As well as the nuns, the dead included two Yemeni women
working at the facility, eight elderly residents and a guard. The
motive of the gunmen was not immediately known. They fled after the
attack, the official said. The bodies of those killed have been
transferred to a clinic supported by medical group Medecins Sans
Frontieres, medical sources said.
There are around 80 residents living at the home run by Missionaries of
Charity. The nuns also came under attack in Yemen in 1998 when gunmen
killed three of them in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida.
Yemen's embattled government is based in Aden but has struggled to
impose its authority there since its forces, backed by Gulf Arab
troops, expelled Iran-allied Houthi fighters who still control the
country's capital, Sanaa. Once a cosmopolitan city home to thriving
Hindu and Christian communities, Aden has gone from one of the world's
busiest ports as a key hub of the British empire to a largely lawless
backwater. Aden's small Christian population left long ago. Unknown
assailants have previously vandalised a Christian cemetery, torched a
church and last year blew up an abandoned Catholic church.
23 die in attack on bank
Retirees killed while waiting to collect pension payments. Nearly 100 injured.
By EDWARD WONG
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
The New York Times
BAGHDAD, IRAQ – A suicide bomber blew
himself up Tuesday in a crowd of retirees lining up to receive their pensions in
the northern city of Kirkuk, killing 23 people and injuring nearly 100 others,
including women and children, police said.
The bombing took place at 10:30 a.m., as
the retirees were waiting in front of Al Rafidain Bank, said Maj. Gen. Shirko
Shakir Hakim, a police chief in the Kirkuk police force. The main hospital in
Kirkuk overflowed for hours with victims, and those with minor wounds were
ushered out to make room for the more serious cases.
"Enough with terrorism and killings," said
an elderly woman, who sat sobbing on the street near the debris of the blast
site. She said she did not know whether her son, who was selling children's toys
near the bank, was alive. "We're tired, and we want God to help us just as he
helped his prophets. I beseech him to help the Iraqi people to stop the
The attack, the deadliest in Kirkuk since
the toppling of Saddam Hussein's government, was the worst in a series of
assaults on a particularly violent day here. Five Iraqi policemen were killed
when a suicide car bomb rammed into a checkpoint in Kan'an, north of the
capital, a police official in nearby Baqouba said. The U.S. military said a
soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad on Tuesday, and two soldiers
died from a roadside bomb explosion near the western provincial capital of
Ramadi on Monday.
The 2nd Marine Division said Marines
accidentally killed five civilians and wounded four others Tuesday after firing
at two cars speeding toward a checkpoint near Ramadi. The cars had approached
the checkpoint shortly after an insurgent had tried ramming into the checkpoint
with a suicide car bomb, the Marines said in a written statement.
One of Baghdad's main hospitals reported
that it received two groups of bodies Monday night totaling 24 people who
apparently had been executed. Seventeen were Iraqi truck drivers who transport
goods to companies in the capital, the Interior Ministry official said. The
other seven were also believed to be working in convoys.
In a speech before the National Assembly on
Tuesday, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the Shiite Arab prime minister, said the government
was trying to solve the impasse over Kirkuk, but that it was difficult to
balance the political demands of the city's Kurds and Arabs. Most of those
killed in the bombing Tuesday were Kurds, police officials said.
Tens of thousands of Kurds who say they
were displaced from Kirkuk during the rule of Saddam have moved back in droves
and are threatening to force out the Arabs whom Saddam relocated there. At the
same time, the Turkmens, an ethnic group originating in Central Asia, entertain
notions of regaining political dominance of the city, which they held under the
Ottoman Empire, when Turkish sultans appointed the Turkmens as their proxy
rulers in the area.
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