Posted by: becketfund | September 18, 2006

Somalia: Italian Nun Killed

The Catholic Information Service for Africa (CISA) reports reports that Sister Leonella Sgorbati, an Italian nun of the Consolata Missionary order, died September 17th after being shot in the back seven times by gunmen as she crossed the road between her house and the SOS hospital where she worked. Her bodyguard, who was with her at the time, was also killed. The two gunmen involved in the shooting have been arrested, and Somalia’s Union of Islamic Courts (ICU) claims to have launched an investigation into Sr. Sgorbati’s death. The nun had only recently returned to Mogadishu on September 13th, after facing difficulties obtaining a re-entry visa due to new rules set down by the ICU.

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