4 Indian nurses among 16 dead in gun attack on Yemen care home

4 Indian nurses among 16 dead in gun attack on Yemen care home pardesi news 1459247812

A total of 16 people were killed in an indiscriminately firing at an elderly care home in Yemen's main southern city of Aden, and amid them were Four Indian nurses.

Four gunmen roared the care home in Aden's Sheikh Othman district, killing a guard and firing randomly at residents.  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.

One official said the attackers were "extremists" and accursed the Islamic State group, which has been achieving ground in Aden in recent months. But no group defended responsibility for the attack, the first of its kind in Yemen, where the internationally- recognised government is confronting with an Iran-backed rebellion on one side and a burgeoning Jihadist presence on the other.

President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi has declared Aden Yemen's temporary capital as Sanaa remains in the hands of the Huthi rebels and their allies since they seized it in September 2014.

In recent times, the Al-Qaeda and IS have stepped up attacks in Aden regardless of the achievements of the government and its backers in a Saudi-led coalition battling the Huthis and their allies to secure it. However, most of the Jihadists' attacks have designed coalition forces and pro-government Yemeni troops.

Reacting to the Yemen incident, Indian External Affairs Minister Mrs. Sushma Swaraj stated in here tweet that the nuns stayed back in Yemen despite the government advisories. The External Affairs Minister also urged all the Indians living in the danger zones to return to India. "I appeal to all Indians in such danger zones to please come back to India," the External Affairs Minister tweeted.

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