SANAA, YEMEN: Four Indian nuns were among 16 people killed by gunmen who attacked a retirement home run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in Yemen on Friday.
Two attackers surrounded the home in Aden while four more entered the building, witnesses and officials said.
Officials said the gunmen moved from room to room, handcuffing the victims before shooting them in the head.
The Ministry of External Affairs, which doesn't have an embassy in strife-torn Yemen any more, confirmed the deaths in a statement.
"We learnt through our contacts that the terrorists numbering between two and four entered the care home and asked the guard to open the gate on the pretext of visiting their mothers," said the statement.
On entering, the attackers shot the gatekeeper dead and opened fire. The terrorists escaped soon after.
Reports say one of the nuns who survived hid in a fridge.
The nuns were from the Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa.
"We are trying to ascertain the details of the Indian victims," a foreign ministry official said.
Reports from Yemen said the terrorists separated the nuns from the others and shot them.
The home is located in the Sheikh Osman district in Aden.
A witness said apart from the nuns, six Ethiopians, one Yemeni cook, and Yemeni guards were also killed.
The bodies were transferred to a police station and then a hospital run by the aid organization known as Doctors Without Borders or MSF.
There are around 80 residents living at the home. 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.
Aden descended into lawlessness after a Saudi-led coalition recaptured the city from Shiite Houthi rebels last summer.
The terror group ISIS has claimed responsibility for a wave of deadly attacks in Aden, including a suicide bombing that killed the governor and several assassination attempts on top officials.
(Courtesy : NDTV)